PHARR - This past Saturday, the City of Pharr launched “Operation Senior Care,” an event focused on administering COVID-19 vaccines directly to seniors at their homes. The vaccine recipients were individuals who are homebound, bedridden, not physically able to go to a vaccination clinic, and who have previously registered with the city. “Our senior citizens are
“Our senior citizens are the most vulnerable in our population and we understand that it can be difficult for them to attend a vaccination clinic,” said Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D. “As a medical professional, they are one of our greatest concerns and I am glad that our City Commission, administration, and employees are all working together to lead the charge to ensure that our seniors are able to get the vaccine from the comfort of their homes,” added Hernandez.
City of Pharr EMT trained staff administered the vaccines, and includes firefighters, police, and emergency communications personnel. They visited homes throughout the city and provided 200 vaccines to members of the community who had already pre-registered and had a home visit appointment scheduled. The vaccines were transferred from Doctors Hospital at Renaissance to the City of Pharr, which was approved last week as a vaccine provider.
“This is a major operation and the first of its kind to be launched in the Rio Grande Valley,” said Commissioner Dr. Ramiro Caballero. “We are proud to partner with DHR, our EMTs, and City of Pharr employees to ensure that local senior citizens get the COVID-19 vaccine,” he added. “As a doctor caring for one of our most vulnerable populations, I know how important an opportunity like this is for our elderly who cannot physically attend a clinic,” he continued. “The City of Pharr will continue to work to effectively, efficiently, and expediently to make the vaccine available in our community,” stated Caballero.
Mayor Hernandez and Commissioner Caballero joined the citywide operation throughout the day.
Press release courtesy of the City of Pharr