COVID-19 Homebound Vaccination Program
2022 NACo Achievement Award Winner
San Bernardino County, Calif., CA
Best In Category
About the Program
Category: Health (Best in Category)
Homebound individuals residing in San Bernardino County face additional barriers to accessing life-saving COVID-19 vaccines. With a total area of 20,105 square miles of desert, valleys, and mountains, San Bernardino County ranks as the largest county in the contiguous United States. The 2.2 million residents are interspersed across the vast expanse of land, which poses a challenge to COVID-19 vaccine accessibility for homebound individuals. San Bernardino Countyâs Aging and Adult Services-Public Guardian, the Office of Emergency Services, and Department of Public Health partnered to address the need to provide vaccinations directly to homebound individuals in the comfort of their home. A lean mobile team consisting of a registered nurse and non-clinical staff, were deployed to provide in-home vaccinations. This reduced missed opportunities for vaccination due to mobility limitations, transportation insecurity, lack of technology, or other factors. San Bernardino County successfully provided in-home vaccination opportunities to 1,886 homebound clients.