Vaccinations of housebound patients underway
Health chiefs across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes have announced they are currently delivering booster vaccinations to the region’s housebound patients.
Those patients that are classified as housebound residents and who are unable to go out of their house, will receive a COVID-19 booster vaccine within their own home or place of residence. A special ‘roving team’ of vaccinators are delivering the service to housebound residents.
The ‘roving team’ is made up of healthcare staff, pharmacists, GPs and nurses. The team will be fully equipped and will carry out vaccinations in the quickest and safest way possible.
Geraint Davies, Senior Responsible Officer for the vaccination programme from Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We know that vaccinations are the clear way out of the pandemic. We are committed to providing our housebound population with their jabs, not least because they are unable to access their vaccinations via our usual healthcare settings.
“There are a number of challenges that are present to enable us to deliver the vaccination programme to this cohort, including the time factor, as we will have to wait 15 minutes in each location. We are aiming to get all eligible housebound patients vaccinated by mid-December. We recently completed the 1 November deadline of visiting every care home and were commended locally for having achieved this.”
Patients who are recorded by their GP surgery as housebound will get home visits for the vaccines. Residents will not need to arrange a housebound visit for their booster jabs as they will be contacted directly by our roving teams.
A resident is deemed to be housebound when they are unable to leave their home environment through physical and/or psychological illness. Those who are housebound will have been identified by their registered GP.