Florida will ‘surge more doses’ of coronavirus vaccine to Pinellas | Feb. 18
It’s hard without a computer
The most vulnerable residents of Pinellas County — those over the age of 75 — are falling through the cracks in obtaining the COVID-19 vaccinations. And that is unconscionable.
Our 87-year-old neighbor has been isolated alone in her home for nearly a year. She’s a delightful, independent woman who could be enjoying a full and rich life were it not for the pandemic. But, she doesn’t have a computer so it’s hard to get an appointment for the vaccine. My husband and I offered to go online to get her signed up. We have now tried to get her an appointment on the Publix website four times with no luck. (I feel like I’m pulling the lever on a slot machine every time we try.) But the Publix site is far superior to the CDR HealthPro website we tried earlier, which was a total disaster.
I recently ran into an 85-year-old neighbor who shared his frustration at not being able to get an appointment because he doesn’t have a computer. He said his granddaughter got the vaccine because she works for a health care facility, even though she has no patient contact and works from home. That is not right.
The state needs to come up with a plan to vaccinate our most vulnerable seniors, and it needs to come up with it now.