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Posted on: March 17, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Media Release COVID-19 - March 17, 2021

For Immediate Release


COVID-19 Information

Phone: 980-432-1800

Vaccine Information

Onsite at vaccine clinics: Text rocopod to 888777 or tune into 88.7 FM for updates

Rowan County COVID-19 Case Information:

Rowan County Public Health and Rowan County Emergency Service Partner to Offer COVID-19 Vaccinations to Our Homebound Citizens

Rowan County Public Health and Rowan County Emergency Service are partnering once again by offering COVID-19 vaccines in-home to qualifying homebound individuals.

The purpose of this service is to reach underserved and vulnerable populations within Rowan County that cannot attend a COVID-19 vaccination clinic due to their homebound status, but are still at a higher risk for exposure and poor health outcomes due to COVID-19. Please note that this service is for any individual who cannot physically leave their home and is not intended as a service for an individual who does not have a reliable mode of transportation or no transportation at all.

To qualify for this service, an individual must fall under ALL the following eligibility guidelines:

  • You are a Rowan County resident
  • You are considered being Homebound by Medicare(please see the definition below)
  • You are willing to certify that you are homebound and it is not that you do not have a reliable mode of transportation or no  transportation at all that would allow you to attend a drive-thru vaccine clinic

Individuals may or may not be on Medicare, but must meet the definition of “Homebound by Medicare,” which includes having a condition such that leaving his or her home is medically contraindicated, there must exists a normal inability to leave home, and leaving home must require a considerable and taxing effort.   

Examples: a patient who is blind or senile and requires the assistance of another person in leaving their place of residence, a patient who has just returned from a hospital stay, involving surgery; therefore, their actions may be restricted by their physician to certain specified and limited activities such as getting out of bed only once a day; or a patient with a psychiatric illness that is manifested, in part, by a refusal to leave home or is of such nature that it would not be considered safe for the patient to leave.  (

To get more information and to see if you qualify for this service, please contact 980-432-1800; Option 1 and let the Call Center staff know that you are interested in Homebound COVID-19 Vaccine Service.


Amy Smith

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