While COVID-19 vaccinations offer hope for ending the pandemic, CareSource members often face a lack of reliable transportation as a barrier to receiving the vaccine. In May, CareSource launched a pilot program to improve access to COVID-19 vaccinations for individuals lacking a source of consistent transportation of those unable to safely leave their homes to be vaccinated.
The CareSource program leveraged pharmacists and registered nurses to administer COVID-19 vaccines to eligible members in their own home. CareSource prioritized equitable vaccine distribution by using Geographic Information System mapping to identify and target those most in need, using race, ethnicity and geographic data sets to facilitate this process. Through these efforts, CareSource has taken steps to close the gaps in COVID-19 vaccine accessibility, especially for areas that experience high rates of poverty and profound disparities.
Throughout the pandemic, CareSource has remained committed to advancing health equity and dismantling barriers to health care by keeping an open dialogue with members, providers and the community.