KJZZ: New Website Helps Rural Older Adults Get Rides To Get Vaccinated

KJZZ: New Website Helps Rural Older Adults Get Rides To Get Vaccinated. “Amy St. Peter is the deputy executive director of the Maricopa Association of Governments. ‘And for some of the appointments, it’s in the middle of the night,’ she said. ‘So if even if they’re able to drive, is it really safe, and do they want to drive by themselves at late at night, and so with being able to provide better access to transportation, that’s really part of the COVID response.’ St. Peter says website users can input their service area and the type of transportation they require. The service is not just for rural Arizonans. She says many folks who live in urban areas also struggle finding rides.”

The Guardian: Web giants must stop cashing in on pension scam misery, say MPs

The Guardian: Web giants must stop cashing in on pension scam misery, say MPs. “Ministers must force tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft to stop the ‘immoral’ practice of profiting from the £10bn of pension fraud committed by internet scammers, a committee of MPs has urged. Fraudsters use online advertisements, mostly on Google, to trick people out of their pension funds, according to a report published by the work and pensions select committee, but regulators are ‘powerless’ to hold the internet firms to account.”

New York Times: F.B.I. Investigating Whether Cuomo Aides Gave False Data on Nursing Homes

New York Times: F.B.I. Investigating Whether Cuomo Aides Gave False Data on Nursing Homes. “A federal investigation into Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s handling of nursing homes during the pandemic has focused in recent weeks on whether the governor and his senior aides provided false data on resident deaths to the Justice Department, according to four people with knowledge of the investigation.”

New York Times: ‘At Your Age, It’s the Vaccine or the Grave’

New York Times: ‘At Your Age, It’s the Vaccine or the Grave’. “…much of the racial disparity in vaccination rates, experts say, can be tied to a longstanding mistrust of medical institutions among African-Americans. Many Baton Rouge residents can readily cite the history of abuse: starting with the eugenics campaigns that forcibly sterilized Black women for nearly half of the 20th century, and the notorious government-run Tuskegee experiments in Alabama that withheld penicillin from hundreds of Black men with syphilis, some of whom later died of the disease.”

WATCH: Woman given prescription to ‘hug granddaughter’ after receiving COVID vaccine (WWL)

WWL: WATCH: Woman given prescription to ‘hug granddaughter’ after receiving COVID vaccine. “After getting her COVID-19 vaccine, one woman’s doctor wrote her a prescription for the best medicine in these bleak times: a hug. Jessica Shaw took to Twitter to post a photo of her mother’s prescription slip, which was given to her after getting her second vaccine, telling her to go hug her family.”

New York Times: The Plan to Protect Indigenous Elders Living Under the Northern Lights

New York Times: The Plan to Protect Indigenous Elders Living Under the Northern Lights. “In Canada, the first known Covid-19 case arrived on a January 2020 flight from Wuhan, China to Toronto. It was a wake-up call for the country, but especially for Northwest Territories Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kami Kandola. Several passengers from that Wuhan flight were bound for Yellowknife — tourists eager to marvel at the Northern Lights.”

News Center Maine: Maine DHHS now offering free transportation to Mainers who need rides to COVID-19 vaccine clinics

News Center Maine: Maine DHHS now offering free transportation to Mainers who need rides to COVID-19 vaccine clinics. “Maine DHHS is partnering with ModivCare, one of the organizations that coordinates rides for MaineCare members, to provide rides for any Maine resident who is unable to drive, lacks reliable transportation or is otherwise unable to travel to their appointment.”

Business Insider: A Texas city booked vaccine appointments for its seniors by using the Meals on Wheels database

Business Insider: A Texas city booked vaccine appointments for its seniors by using the Meals on Wheels database. “A Texas city found an innovative way to ensure homebound seniors could easily access vaccine appointments – and now it’s being used as a model across the entire state. The fire department in Corpus Christi, Texas, paired up with the local Meals on Wheels program to reach out to seniors already in their database to arrange vaccine appointments. From there, firefighters arrived at the seniors’ homes to vaccinate them.”

New York Times: Seniors Seeking Vaccines Have a Problem: They Can’t Use the Internet

New York Times: Seniors Seeking Vaccines Have a Problem: They Can’t Use the Internet. “Annette Carlin feels trapped. Before the pandemic, Ms. Carlin, who is 84, loved to go on walks in Novato, Calif., with her grandchildren and dance at the senior center. Since March, though, she has been stuck indoors. She has been eager to sign up for a vaccine and begin returning to normal life. But booking an appointment has been a technological nightmare. Ms. Carlin cannot afford to buy a computer, and would not know how to navigate the internet in search of a shot even if she could. While members of her family might be able to help her there, she avoids seeing them as a safety precaution.”