DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — With more than one million residents in Alabama fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus, and the state’s average for Alabamians 65 and older who have received both vaccines being at 69 percent, one agency hopes to assist get more people vaccinated.
In the Wiregrass, many counties are just below that 69 percent average, with new fears of the Delta and other variants, there’s a renewed effort to get residents vaccinated.
According to SARCOA’s outreach coordinator, Debra Hodgett the agency will be offering assistance for older residents and caregivers who are looking to get their COVID-19 shot throughout the seven counties in the Wiregrass.
“We have the opportunity to assist people in getting vaccinated for COVID-19,” Hodgett said. “If you know a senior or their caregiver who would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, but can’t because of personal barriers, we can assist.”
Hodgetts said they will be able to help citizens find locations where the vaccine is being distributed, and she mentions there are also many other ways the agency can help.
“We will work with local companies, we have funds to help assist them to get transportation to those appointments, a system in making appointments, and also if they have any questions about the vaccine we can help with that,” Hodgett said.
Hodgett tells WDHN the agency would like to assist senior citizens in getting their vaccines, however, they do not want to pressure anyone into getting the shot.
The Wiregrass has a large number of senior citizens living in the area who might be unsure about the vaccination process and Hodgett said SARCOA can help.
“Seniors can call us or look on our website, we cover several counties,” Hodgett said. “We’re working with local news agencies, with pharmacies, we’re also working with senior centers to get the word out on this vaccination assistance program.”