The City of Toronto and its Team Toronto vaccination partners have launched a “Homebound Sprint” to deliver first doses of COVID-19 vaccine to all remaining homebound Toronto residents.
The team focused on vaccinating homebound Torontonians in their place of residence has already administered a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to more than 65 per cent of those residents, in many cases also vaccinating the resident’s essential caregiver at the same time.
Adults 18 years of age or older who live in Toronto and cannot physically leave their home to receive the vaccine for medical, physical, cognitive or psychosocial reasons are eligible for in-home vaccination.
As of May 24, nearly 7,000 individuals have registered for in-home vaccination through their primary care physicians, homecare service providers or self-referrals. More than 4,600 of the identified individuals – and in many cases their caregivers – have now received their first dose of vaccine.
The team is working to administer in-home first doses to the remaining approximately 2,400 homebound residents over the next two weeks.
Team Toronto partners leading the homebound initiative are Toronto Paramedic Services, Toronto Public Health, Home and Community Services and University Health Network (UHN). Local homebound sprint partners, including Downtown East Toronto Ontario Health Team (OHT), East Toronto Health Partners, Mid-West Toronto OHT, North Toronto OHT, North York Toronto Health Partners, North Western Toronto OHT, Sinai Health, Scarborough Health Network, Sprint Senior Care, Toronto Western Family Health Team and West Toronto OHT are also helping to ensure all identified residents receive a vaccination.
Homebound vaccination is a complex operation, requiring significant logistical coordination to ensure all vaccines get into arms in a timely manner. The limited time that the vaccine can be out of freezers is just one factor that adds to the complexity of this operation.
The “Homebound Sprint” builds on work started in March by Toronto Paramedics, with the support of UHN and Local Integrated Health Networks, to vaccinate homebound Torontonians.
Anyone with questions about homebound vaccination should speak with their primary care or homecare service provider. Homebound individuals not linked with either a primary or homecare provider, can call the Toronto Seniors Helpline by phone at 416-217-2077 or online: www.torontoseniorshelpline.ca/web-chat.
The helpline is available to support homebound adults and seniors to determine eligibility for an in-home COVID-19 vaccination. The helpline can also assist those who are able to leave their homes for vaccinations with information regarding transportation options or with booking an appointment at a City-run immunization clinic.