As government officials offer COVID footage to thousands of seniors, a number of Jacksonville senior homes were missing
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Thousands of elderly people in Florida US Department of Housing and Urban Development have been vaccinated against COVID-19, but a number of senior citizens’ homes have gone missing in Jacksonville.
In a tweet on Thursday, the Florida Division of Emergency Management said it went to 145 HUD facilities and offered shots to residents. In two weeks, more than 9,000 seniors got a chance.
“All facilities will be visited by March 12th. FDEM is committed to ensuring that all seniors who want a vaccine can get one,” tweeted the state emergency management department.
According to an FDEM spokesman, the agency has reached 38 HUD facilities in Duval County, 28 of which said they had already been offered the vaccine. Nine facilities in Duval County had vaccination clinics hosted by FDEM.
Donna Taylor, 68, was one of the people who received a vaccine last week. Taylor has difficulty breathing and has spent most of the past year alone in her apartment in the Towers of Jacksonville.
“They came in and vaccinated everyone and came to my apartment and did,” Taylor said. “And it just felt like, ‘Oh my god, maybe there will be a life after that.”
However, the state did not include any of the Jacksonville Public Housing Authority’s facilities, the Jacksonville Housing Authority. A JHA spokesman said the state had made no effort to offer vaccination clinics in any of its four homes for the elderly and disabled adults.
JHA hosts more than 700 seniors.
Charlie-Mae Jackson lives in JHA’s prestigious Centennial Towers. Jackson has already received her second shot of the Moderna vaccine but said she was concerned about her neighbors.
“There are a lot of people here who don’t have a car,” said Jackson. “They have no way of getting around, and if they wanted to get it, it would be easier to get it to the senior building.”
JHA CEO Dwayne Alexander recently said the agency had provided information about nearby vaccination sites to its eligible residents.
“We are in the process of talking to a healthcare provider about setting up vaccination sites in our facilities as soon as the provider has access to the vaccines,” said Alexander.
FDEM didn’t immediately respond if it plans to develop similar vaccination clinics in urban public housing agencies across Florida.
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