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Vaccinate NEPA: Vaccinating homebound residents in Luzerne County

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KINGSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Local officials are pushing to get homebound residents in Luzerne County vaccinated. The effort started today beginning at a high-rise building for seniors in Kingston.

Dozens got their first shot of the Moderna vaccine in the Daniel J. Flood Tower on Monday. This is part of an even bigger push to get all homebound residents in Luzerne County vaccinated.

“Everybody is here for one reason and that is to provide vaccine to anybody who possibly needs it,” said Luzerne County manager Dave Pedri.

A group effort began monday in Luzerne County to get homebound residents vaccinated. It started with the senior citizens living at the Daniel J. Flood tower in Kingston.

“Well, I’m happy now. I’m happy now because I’ve got it,” said Mary Curtis, Kingston resident.

About 33 residents received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine. They say convience is the biggest reason they are getting their shots.

“When I found out it’s going to be here, I thought ‘it’s time,'” said Betty Jean Cameron, Kingston resident.

Cameron says thankfully no one she knows has come down with the virus, but she is ready to get back to normal and have activities again in the same room they received their shots.

“I want to get back to normal, it’s difficult, it’s a long road you know, staying in your apartment and not socializing”

The county-led group will make their way to the other high-rise buildings in Luzerne County, then return in 28 days to give everyone their second dose.

“Now if I’ll get the second, I’ll feel much better,” said Curtis.

The county manager says the next step is to get reach all homebound residents in Luzerne County who want the vaccine.

“If you are an elderly person who is homebound that can’t get out- we will come to your house and provide this vaccine to you,” said Pedri.

If an elderly Luzerne County resident needs the vaccine they will come to your home. To sign up, call the Luzerne County Area Agency on Aging at (570) 822-1158.

Officials say there are plenty of vaccine to get the shots into all Luzerne County residents who want it.

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