After an extremely difficult year, especially for our seniors, the COVID-19 Vaccine gives hope for a return to a new normal.
The COVID-19 Vaccine rollout offers hope for a new normal, especially for those drastically impacted by the pandemic, like our senior community. The My People Senior Activity Center has worked to continue offering services including meals, care packages and virtual games via Facebook Live. Sarah’s Fund is happy to contribute and ensure the seniors in the area have opportunities to stay connected and have access to essentials.
In an effort to continue combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, here are some vaccine resources for Tennessee seniors, as well as updated guidelines from the CDC.
Vaccine Resources for Seniors
The Tennessee Commission of Aging and Disability is offering assistance to those who need help signing up for a vaccine appointment or need a free ride to the appointment. Seniors can call 1-866-836-6678 for help with appointments or setting up a ride. Rides can also be set up online at TN.gov/Aging/Resources/Transportation-map.
Remember, while the vaccine helps combat the spread of COVID-19, it is still important to follow the CDC guidelines to help protect yourself and others detailed on the website.
Homebound Senior Vaccine Options
The state of Tennessee is contracting with home health agencies to provide COVID-19 Vaccines for homebound seniors. Homebound seniors who have not received and are not scheduled to receive the vaccine, are eligible to be added to the list of Tennessee residents to receive this vaccine at home. For more information, call the Area Agency on Aging and Disability at 1-866-836-6678.
There is no charge to you for the COVID-19 vaccine. Providers can not deny anyone who does not have health insurance coverage, is underinsured or is out of network. No additional services are required during your appointment for the vaccine. The CDC has more facts and information concerning those 65 years and older and the COVID-19 Vaccine on their website.
Senior Health Expo
The My People Senior Activity Center is hosting a Senior Expo Drive-Thru from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, April 30. The exhibition features exhibitors for senior healthcare services, free lunch, door prizes and a free cleaning supply bag (one per household). Reservations are required. Call 865-453-8080 to reserve your spot.