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Public health leaders coordinate effort to vaccinate Northeast Ohioans who can't leave home

If you or someone you know is homebound and needs a COVID-19 vaccine, call 216-621-0303.

CLEVELAND — One population that got left behind in the effort to vaccinate Ohioans is those stuck at home. 

We're talking about the people who fell through the cracks. They're not connected with a hospital, home healthcare agency or other service. They could be disabled, older, have a medical or psychiatric condition and for whatever reason just couldn't get out and get the vaccine.

So the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Cleveland's health department and local EMS services are going to their homes and delivering vaccines to them. It's all being organized by the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging who serves as the intake point and then helps to schedule. 

The concern is that there are many more people out there who need this service and they don't have to just live in Cuyahoga County.

If you or someone you know is homebound and needs a COVID-19 vaccine, call 216-621-0303. This includes those who live in Lorain, Lake, Geauga, Cuyahoga and Medina counties. In many places you'll have a choice of the type of vaccine you'd like to receive. It's a great service and collaboration for those in need.

So far they've already given out over 400 vaccines. A hundred in Lorain County, a hundred in the city of Cleveland and another couple hundred throughout Cuyahoga County. There's still 50 people on the waiting list, but that's why they wanted this story out there, because the concern is that there are many more who fell through the cracks.

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Editor's Note: The below video is from a previously published story