If limited mobility affects your ability to get the COVID-19 vaccine, state officials may bring them to your home soon.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced on Tuesday that it will partner with the Regional Council’s Piedmont Triad on Aging Agency to provide free vaccines to people who cannot leave their home.
Those interested in planning a home vaccination can call the hotline at 1-866-303-0026 or go online at www.ptrc.org/covid.
In the statement, DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen said the statewide program “would help people who may not be able to reach a doctor’s office or vaccination location due to health, age or other reasons ”.
The PTRC is a voluntary association of local governments with members in and around the metro area of Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Highpoint. The new initiative expands a local program that the council had operated in the area and makes it statewide.
“Home vaccines stem from our mission to serve our community and provide creative regional solutions,” said Matthew Dolge, executive director of the Piedmont Triad Regional Council. “The program has saved lives and we are proud to partner with NCDHHS to expand this service statewide. “
As of Monday, 59% of adults in North Carolina were partially vaccinated against the virus, while 56% were fully protected.
This is lower than the 68.3% of adults nationwide who received at least one dose of the vaccine and the 59.5% who were fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
State officials are urging unvaccinated people to get vaccinated, as the threat of the most contagious Delta variant increases in the state. And on Monday, the number of people hospitalized with the virus reached its highest level since early June, The News & Observer reported.
Almost all of the COVID-19-related hospitalizations in the past few weeks have been among those that go unvaccinated, state health officials said.