Dallas County Meals on Wheels delivers vaccines to at-risk clients

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A vulnerable group of Dallas County residents is getting COVID-19 vaccines delivered to their doorsteps today.

The Visiting Nurse Association of Texas has joined forces with first responders to deliver the shots to Meals on Wheels clients.

Chris Culak, Vice President for the VNA, says many Meals on Wheels clients are senior citizens and suffer from chronic health conditions.

"A lot of them have some mobility issues or maybe a disability of some kind, more than two or three chronic conditions. For them to go to one of the coronavirus vaccination sites … it just would be really taxing and difficult for them to do," Culak says. "If they were to contract coronavirus, they would be really ill. They would most likely end up in the hospital and unfortunately, a number of them might pass away."

The new delivery service aims to help.

About 50 Meals on Wheels residents are getting vaccines delivered today in DeSoto and Cedar Hill, Culak says, and the plan is to continue adding the  service to cities across Dallas County.

"The more people we can give this vaccine to, the better," Culak says.