Coeur d’Alene Fire, Agency on Aging team up to get vaccines to homebound people

COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho — Talk about protect and serve; North Idaho firefighters are bringing the vaccine to the front door for people who can’t get out to get vaccinated.

The Coeur d’Alene Fire Department has teamed up with the Area Agency on Aging of North Idaho to help get the COVID-19 vaccine to those people who are now homebound.

“Oh that stuff [COVID] will kill you, I mean it’s really, it can kill you so I feel glad that I did that,” said David Brown.

Brown is glad he heard about the chance to get the COVID-19 vaccine through Meals on Wheels. The Coeur d’Alene Fire Department and the Area Agency on Aging of North Idaho has been using that connection as a way to initially reach out and see which homebound people need the vaccine.

“The more people we can get vaccinated the quicker we can stop the pandemic, and these people, even though they’re homebound, they still have other people who come into their home on a regular basis that could spread the disease to them, so it’s important for them to also be protected,” said EMS officer Scott Dietrich.

The Fire Department and Agency on Aging have worked with Panhandle Health to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, meaning there is no need for a second visit to anyone’s home.

The EMT and representative we tagged along with today were scheduled for 12 appointments, but officials say they worry there are many homebound people just don’t know what’s being offered.

“The folks that we have contacted so far are thrilled to have the opportunity to get the vaccine when they weren’t sure they were going to be able to,” said Dietrich.

And for Brown, he said he felt great after getting his shot.

“I take it day by day, just day by day, and I figure any day that I wake up and get vertical, my cat loves me,” said Brown. “It’s a good day, it’s definitely a good day.”

If you are anyone you know is homebound and needs the COVID-19 vaccine call (208) 667-3179 to set up an appointment. This service is available to everyone within the Panhandle Health District — which includes Benewah, Boundary, Kootenai, Shoshone and Bonner counties.

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