The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is taking steps to ensure homebound residents in the state receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Officials announced a partnership between the Area Agencies on Aging, local public health agencies and Emergency Medical Services. The partnership will help support the already existing efforts to vaccinate homebound residents. Health officials say it can be difficult to vaccinate those who are homebound due to needing the appropriate vaccine storage, temperatures, handling and administration to ensure safe and effective vaccination. Both CDC and CMS define homebound persons as those that need the help of another person or medical equipment such as crutches, a walker, or a wheelchair to leave their home, or their medical provider believes that their health or illness could get worse if they leave their home, and they typically do not leave their home. Adults who are homebound and want to be vaccinated in their home can register through their local Area Agency on Aging or through the Missouri Vaccine Navigator registry by indicating they are homebound. Residents can an also register homebound individuals for the vaccine by visiting Missouri’s COVID-19 website, MOStopsCovid.com. COVID-19 Hotline hours of operation are Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Individuals are encouraged to call soon to ensure their names are added to the list.