WEST ALLIS, Wis.— A one-of-a-kind vaccine service is being given to those in a Wisconsin community who are homebound during the pandemic.
Members of the mobile integrated health team at the West Allis fire department started their day by packing up a handful of covid vaccines at the firehouse.
Friday marked the second day of home visits, delivering and giving the vaccine to those who are homebound in their community.
“What we are doing is we are taking a problem that was insurmountable before and we are building bridges around it and we are making the impossible, possible with entities like the health department,” West Allis fire department deputy chief, Armando Suarez Del Real says.
For Jessica Neinas, a 78-year-old from West Allis, Friday just so happened to be her lucky day. She was identified as someone who is homebound by the health department. This means Neinas qualified as one of the 20 people in town to get a vaccination brought to her home.
“So [she meets] the criteria for the people who are getting this and we are doing this in conjunction with the West Allis health department,” West Allis fire department mobile integrated health member, Christopher Williams says.
After some questions and chatting with her in her living room, it was time for the moment she’s been waiting for. Her first dose of the vaccine came with a free sticker and brought a radiant smile from ear to ear.
She says she’s thankful to have her heroes go above and beyond for her.
“I haven’t left my house because I am just scared to death that someone without symptoms would give it to me, so I really have just stayed in the house and have had people do grocery shopping for me,” Neinas says.
Getting the vaccine brings her a sense of relief; her second dose will be given to her at home in a few weeks.