ElderSource wants to make sure all seniors and caregivers are safe and informed about COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. Please read the important information from the Florida Department of Health on the Most Frequently Asked Questions, the symptoms and other general information about the virus. Click HERE to get the latest from the CDC.
Information about COVID-19 Booster Shots. Click here for updates from the CDC.
- COVID-19 / Vaccine 24 hour Call Center (Florida Department of Health) 1-866-779-6121
- Schedule a homebound vaccine: 1-833-930-3672
- Text FLCOVID19 to 888777
- Website – Vaccine Locator: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines/vaccine-locator/ (you select county of city, and it tells you locations that have vaccines – i.e. pharmacies, Churches and stores with pharmacies – like Publix, CVS etc
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Helpful COVID-19 Links
Free COVID-19 Vaccines – Duval County Health Department. Click Here to Learn More
Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Treatments Available Now. Click here to learn more
Across the state, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) and the state’s 11 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and providers are working together to ensure Florida’s elders remain healthy, safe, and independent. The Department is also ensuring the COVID-19 local vaccine resources are available statewide.
The We’ll Meet You at Home campaign is a statewide initiative to disseminate resources and bring COVID-19 vaccinations to homebound seniors, provide transportation to vaccination sites, or book an appointment. Florida’s Area Agencies on Aging are here to assist!
The AAAs have conducted outbound calls to over 47,000 elders currently receiving services and identified nearly 14,000 of those wanting COVID-19 vaccines and linked them to local vaccine resources. DOEA is hosting a communications campaign that shows there is still vaccine hesitancy in the elder population. DOEA intends to conduct a communications campaign (radio only, radio/television, and social media) to spread positive, current vaccine access information.
Call 1-800-96-ELDER (963-5337) to be connected to your local Agency on Aging.
People wanting to coordinate getting a vaccine to a homebound senior or someone who may need a ride to the site are to be directed to:
- 1-866-779-6121 and a representative will assist in registering for a vaccine, or
Lyft ride assistance program:
National Council on Aging (NCOA) is partnering with Lyft to provide access to reliable, affordable transportation to older adults who need a ride to get their COVID-19 vaccine.
Lyft has provided ride codes with a value of up to $25 each to travel to and from COVID-19 vaccination appointments for both the first and second doses. This effort is part of Lyft’s Universal Vaccine Access campaign, which is mobilizing a coalition of partners to provide access to rides to and from vaccination sites across the country.
How to use the NCOA-Lyft vaccine ride codes
The Lyft promo codes we’re offering can be used for a roundtrip ride for each dose of the COVID vaccine. Each code below covers up to $50 per round trip ($25 to the vaccine appointment, and $25 back home). There are no location restrictions, and the vaccine ride codes are valid through December 31, 2021.
- Dose 1 Code (to and from their appointment): SENIORVAX1
- Dose 2 Code (to and from their appointment): SENIORVAX2
Learn more about how to set up an account and request a ride: https://www.ncoa.org/article/ncoa-and-lyft-help-older-adults-get-rides-to-their-covid-19-vaccine.
All older adults who use the Lyft codes will be required to follow Lyft’s Health Safety policies, which include staying home if they are sick, wearing a mask, keeping the car and their hands clean, sitting in the back seat, and keeping the car windows open when possible.
Agency Notice in Response to COVID-19
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Here at ElderSource, in the face of COVID-19, our primary, fundamental concerns are the health and safety of our clients, staff, volunteers and community partners, and to educate others on how they can be strong allies for people who are most vulnerable. While listening to medical experts and our partners in the health care community, our agency is taking the following steps:
- Starting mid-week, ElderSource offices will be closed and staff will work remotely to maintain the function of our Aging & Disability Resource Center and daily operations of the agency.
- People are encouraged to call the HelpLine for assistance. The HelpLine will remain open Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 p.m.
- Until further notice, staff will not attend any in-person external meetings and we will not be hosting any guests at our office. Meetings will be conducted using the Zoom platform.
- Staff will not be participating in any community health fairs or presentations.
We are taking these actions for one simple reason: The more people and organizations that practice social distancing over the next few weeks will make the world an overall safer place for older adults, people with disabilities and their caregivers.
Regardless whether you are at high risk for COVID-19, we encourage everyone to read up on the best practices of how to practice safe hygiene and limit contact to minimize the spread of the virus. We hope you will work with us to be a strong ally for older adults, chronically ill and friends living with disabilities, family members, and peers during this time.
An announcement about the re-opening of our office to the public will be made via
email, on our website and through social media channels. Thank you and we wish you well.