LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board voted in favor of her motion to instruct the Department of Public Health to assess the COVID-19 vaccine needs of homebound individuals, prioritizing seniors, and develop a strategy with health plans and other partners to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to homebound individuals.

“As vaccine eligibility has expanded to include all seniors and those with disabilities and severe underlying conditions, and vaccine supplies are increasing and becoming easier to store and administer Los Angeles County must find a way to bring COVID-19 vaccines directly to some of our most vulnerable residents – those who are homebound.

Rates of homebound adults are estimated to be 5-6% across the United States, which would equate to over half a million people in Los Angeles County alone. Knowing that we have the infrastructure and networks in place to meet people where they are with programs like Meals on Wheels and In Home Support Services (IHSS), we can work to leverage these networks to bring life-saving vaccines directly to individuals.

These are individuals who have difficulty leaving their homes because of a disability or other health condition that puts them at a greater health risk. When we talk about vaccine equity, we must be inclusive of these vulnerable populations that need us to meet them where they are – at home. We cannot expect communities to come to us. We must come to them. Their lives depend on it.”

The passage of today’s motion instructs the Department of Public Health, with other Departments, to report back in 21 days with a plan that has special consideration for those who are IHSS participants, those who receive home-delivered meals through programs, like Meals on Wheels, those who receive services directly in their homes, and any other homebound populations.

Additionally, it calls for the distribution of relevant COVID-19 informational materials in multiple languages and accessible formats and increased utilization of promotores and other community health workers.

To view the motion, click here.

CONTACT: Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov