Homebound seniors awaiting COVID-19 vaccines face uncertainty

A Bridgeport woman says her 97-year-old mother who served in World War II is now being forgotten when it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

News 12 Staff

Feb 6, 2021, 11:33 PM

Updated 1,221 days ago

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A Bridgeport woman says her 97-year-old mother who served in World War II is now being forgotten when it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
Two years after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, 20-year-old Dorothy Testa - now Dorothy Loper - joined the military. Loper, a yeoman second class, worked as a Navy codebreaker.
After the war she returned to Bridgeport, raising seven children by herself and later becoming a teacher in Bridgeport Public Schools.
The great grandmother suffers from dementia now and is no longer mobile. That's a big problem from Loper's daughters, who want to get their mother vaccinated but can't get her out of the house.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he is now pushing for special funding in the next pandemic relief package to help cities like Bridgeport deliver the shots, and administer them, to homebound seniors.
Loper's daughters says in the meantime, it feels like the deck is stacked against homebound seniors.
State lawmakers like Reps. Chris Rosario and Antonio Felipe say they are working on the problem.


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