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Menlo Park City Council splits on pilot program to deliver COVID-19 vaccine to homebound seniors

Original post made on Apr 22, 2021

A proposal from Menlo Park Mayor Drew Combs and Councilman Ray Mueller to partner with the county Health Department and Menlo Park Fire Protection District to bring vaccines to homebound seniors moved forward, amid some controversy.

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Posted by Sad
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Apr 22, 2021 at 12:26 pm

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The County wants to work with the City to vaccinate homebound seniors, the fire district wants to work with the City to vaccinate homebound seniors, and Nash thinks there are better things to do, and Taylor thinks her equity committee should sign off on it first? Sad.

Posted by Lynne Bramlett
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 22, 2021 at 1:26 pm

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The article quotes me and gives me a title. For the record, I was speaking as an individual. I do object to the process used for the agenda topic. I think the matter should have first been discussed by the City of Menlo Park Council before it went to the Fire Board. Even better would have been the early involvement of community organizations already active in vaccination efforts so that they could give input into the proposal. The speaker after me also gave excellent input into what she expected to see in the proposal. Vaccinations are important and so is having a robust process and plan to reach all members of our community.

Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Apr 22, 2021 at 1:42 pm

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It is sad that a fixation on "process" is allowed to impede this effort - it is NOT rocket science.

The Fire District knows exactly how to reach every resident - they do it day after day - and they have superbly well trained and experienced EMT/Paramedics.

The city should be eager to support any effort that will increase the vaccination rates amongst those who are hardest to reach.

Posted by Sad
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Apr 22, 2021 at 2:11 pm

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Lynne the article says the Fire District only meets once a month and the meetings were the same night. It sounds like people were working hard to make the program possible as fast as possible, so they could help people. I applaud the work done here. It’s great to see the County, the City, and the Fire District working together to fight Covid-19. A month from now may be too late when people lives are literally at stake. Especially for a group as vulnerable as homebound seniors.

Posted by Enough
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 22, 2021 at 8:41 pm

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This really is a no brainer and I am sad to see Lynne, Cecilia and Betsy, all of who I respect, opposed to this. Regardless of process or "protocol" we are still in the midst of a pandemic and people are still getting sick, being hospitalized and dying. Getting the vaccine to people who are homebound is just common sense. I expect the City Council members to take their responsibility to the wellbeing of our city and community seriously, and opposing this idea just was not the right move toward doing that. I can't think of anything more important. "It's out of the scope of what we normally do and I just don't see taking resources away from something else" What is more important than keeping the citizens of this community healthy and alive? It might be out of the scope of what we normally do but this Pandemic is also out of the scope of normal. You were all for closing streets and giving the space to restaurants, is that in the normal scope?

Posted by Brian Cutcliffe
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 23, 2021 at 10:07 am

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How can people object to helping folks get shots? The most important thing City Council can be doing is getting shots in arms. Especially helping vulnerable home bound seniors. Thank you Ray and Drew. I appreciate that you are also bringing a sense of time critical urgency to this. Sensitive egos and politicking shouldn’t get in the way of helping our citizens. This much more important than the nonsense about the city trying to ban gas ranges and BBQs.

Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Apr 23, 2021 at 6:58 pm

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Upon reflection it is stunning that three MP Council members are unwilling to move quickly to save lives by working with the County and the Fire District to vaccinate every resident - particularly when the actual cost to the city will be minimal.

A city collaboration with the Fire District was proposed in December 2020 and the council ignored this recommendation and refused to even put it on its agenda. Now these three council members complain that nothing was done to get community input without acknowledging that they themselves are the reason that nothing happened since the recommendation was made last year!

"From: Peter Carpenter <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: City of Menlo Park could become a leader/model
Date: December 30, 2020 at 6:38:53 PM PST

As you watch the news tonight realize that the growing weak link in the vaccination chain is not vaccine supply but having well functioning and easily accessible vaccination sites.

Menlo Park has time to organize dozens of such sites, plan redistribution of vaccine to each of those sites, ensure adequate staffing at each site and set up an appointment and scheduling system.

There are lots of people and organizations to partner with including Fire District, pharmacies, doctors office, senior residences, CERTs etc.

IF MP has such a system and there is unused vaccine elsewhere in the County then the County will redirect that unused vaccine to MP.

Be bold and make MP the model for how to do mass vaccinations.



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