March 23, 2021

UW Health Care Direct Helps Homebound Patients Get COVID-19 Vaccinations

Madison, Wisconsin - UW Health Care Direct is now delivering vaccine to some of those most vulnerable to the virus that causes COVID-19.

Care Direct is UW Health's home care affiliate that cares for those who are homebound and require medical services. Recently, the state Department of Health Services approved Care Direct as a COVID-19 vaccinator, and it is receiving shipments of the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine, clearing the way to vaccinate those who can't leave their homes to visit a vaccination clinic.

The team at Care Direct receives the vaccine allotted to them from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) every week, loads the vaccine and supplies into their vehicles and administers the shots in the patients' homes.

"These patients are vulnerable because they are often very ill and cannot leave their homes without significant effort or risk," said Julie Slattery, chief clinical officer, UW Health Care Direct. "We are thrilled to be able to help protect our patients so that in the near future family and friends can visit them again, as they did before the pandemic."


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