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Home health agencies and EMS teams begin vaccinations for homebound Vermonters

Feb. 5, the state’s network of non-profit home health and hospice agencies, in partnership with emergency medical services (EMS) teams, begin home vaccinations for Vermonters 75 and older who are homebound and unable to go in person to one of the state’s vaccination clinics. It’s the beginning of the next chapter of the state’s work to eradicate the virus.

“We are deeply honored to be a part of this effort on behalf of our clients and communities,” said Jill Mazza Olson, executive director of VNAs of Vermont. “Our home health and hospice teams have displayed incredible courage and resolve going into people’s homes to deliver high-quality and compassionate care throughout this pandemic. They’ve kept countless individuals in their homes and out of hospitals and long-term care facilities, preserving hospital space for those who need it most.”

“This is another example of Vermonters stepping up and working together to do something extraordinary in our Covid-19 response,” said Secretary of Human Services Mike Smith. “We are making great progress in our vaccination program with thousands being vaccinated each week.”

“We know there will be hurdles along the way and our teams are ready to work with state leaders to evaluate challenges and adjust plans as necessary,” Olson concluded. “Vermonters should know, we will get to you as quickly as we can. Please continue to be patient.”

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