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Homebound Vaccine Provider Toolkit

Homebound Vaccine Provider Toolkit

Healthcare organizations or professionals interested in helping to vaccinate people who are homebound can email  vaccines@phila.gov  to learn how to enroll as a COVID-19 vaccine provider and how to participate in the Health Department’s homebound vaccination referral program. If your site has enrolled or expressed in providing in-home vaccinations, please reference the resources and training materials below.

It is important to be equipped to navigate a wide variety of situations when administering vaccine in a patient’s home. Below is a list of resources that providers may use to prepare for and respond to these situations. This toolkit contains information on the homebound program itself, legal assistance, general disability advocacy, and disability-specific contacts, to assist with any questions or concerns.

2. Trainings and Presentations

  • Creating an Ouch-less Vaccine Experience for All: https://youtu.be/eM0_VV_uW1k This presentation was developed and shared by the Jefferson Center for Autism and Neurodiversity. Presenters include Wendy J. Ross, MD, FAAP (Inaugural Director), Sabra Townsend, BSIE (Director of Operations), and Jane Tobias, DNP, RN, MSN, CPNP-PC (Nurse Practitioner). Presentation objectives include articulating the aspects of autism and neurodiversity that present challenges in providing vaccines to the intellectually disabled and neurodiverse population, discussing strategies to improve the vaccine experience, and reflecting on an individual’s role in helping people feel that they belong and are put first when receiving their COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Cultural Competency: Serving the Disability Community: https://youtu.be/cO8uGO8N3RY This presentation was developed by the Chinatown Disability Advocacy Project, the Arc of Philadelphia, Special Olympics Philadelphia, and DHCC. Presenters include Anna Perng (Co-Founder, Chinatown Disability Advocacy Project); Liam Dougherty (Access and Functional Needs Coordinator, PDPH); and Roger I. Ideishi, JD, OT/L, FAOTA (Program Director, Occupational Therapy Programs, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences). Topics discussed include the medical and social models of disability; inclusion; sensory processing and responses; the Americans with Disabilities Act and health equity; speech and communication; and implicit bias.
  • Achieving Health Equity for People with Disabilities During the Pandemic and Beyond: Register Today! The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation is hosting a webinar focused on the challenges faced by people with disabilities during the pandemic and during vaccine rollouts. Expert panelists will discuss the pandemic’s impact on individuals with disabilities, health plan’s responses to support them, expanding care options, and addressing the intersection of disability, race, and ethnicity to achieve health equity.
  • Immunization Courses: Webcasts and Self-Study: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/ed/courses.html CDC offers several self-study programs on immunization; these can be accessed in a variety of ways: web-based, video, and webinar. Most are self-paced, web-based modules that will take between 15-30 minutes to complete.
  • Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) Training – Coming Soon!

3. Community Resources

  • Community Legal Services: http://www.clsphila.org/
    • Center City Office 1424 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 | 215-981-3700
    • North Philadelphia Office 1410 W. Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19140 | 215-227-2400
    • Landlord Tenant Help Center 1339 Chestnut Street, 10th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Philadelphia Legal Assistance: https://philalegal.org/
    • 718 Arch Street, Suite 300N, Philadelphia, PA 19106 | 215-981-3800

4. Targeted Resources

Older Adults

Intellectual/ Developmental Disability 

Deaf/ Hard-of-Hearing/ Deaf-Blind

  • PA School for the Deaf: psd.org
    • info@psd.org
    • 100 West School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144
    • 215-951-4700 (V) 267-331-4748 (VP)
  • Tech Owl- Deaf Blind Services
  • Deaf Hearing Communication Centre: dhcc.org
    • 630 Fairview Rd, Suite 100, Swarthmore, PA 19081 | 484-540-0476

Blind/ Visually Impaired 

General Resources