As Covid-19 vaccinations become more accessible, many high-risk and vulnerable groups, like the elderly, disabled and homebound, are finding it difficult to get to where the vaccinations are available.
Our Beacon Dispatch Platform can help communities and health systems mitigate these barriers by allowing them to organize and manage on-demand, at-home vaccination delivery networks using everyday laptops and mobile phones.
Beacon is a text message-based dispatching platform that was originally designed to delivery emergency care through community-based response networks.
When the Covid-19 pandemic first began to spread, Beacon was redeployed to support and manage community-based resource delivery networks in the US (MN, WA, CT), Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic to enable delivery of food and medications, and to conduct welfare checks for high-risk and vulnerable populations.
We’ve seen Beacon used successfully in many different contexts, providing ample evidence that delivering vaccinations to people in their homes is not a problem either.
In short, Beacon works by allowing organizations and communities to alert, coordinate and track medical professionals using whatever mobile phone is in their pocket. Give them some vaccines, and access can be greatly improved.
To set up a vaccination delivery network, a few basic roles need to be filled:
- Dispatchers — Dedicated individuals who can use Beacon to alert and coordinate medical professionals with the vaccines
- Responders — Medical professionals who are trained and approved to deliver and administer vaccinations
- Persons in Need — The names, locations and contact info of high-risk and vulnerable individuals who are unable to reach vaccination centers on their own
- Access Hotline* — A phone number that people can call to request at-home vaccination administration
*This number can be whatever number is already available, but if you’re looking for your own dedicated hotline number, we can help you set that up very quickly.
The primary goal of Beacon in Covid-19 vaccination efforts is to help communities and healthcare systems improve access to available vaccinations for at-risk and homebound individuals. We’re offering Beacon at reduced rates to volunteer and/or non-profit community groups involved in meeting the needs of high-risk and vulnerable populations. If interested, please send us an email or call 959-400-8735 and leave a VM with your contact info and a short description of your organization and how you’d like to use Beacon.