BERLIN — Fifty residents age 75 and older received their first COVID-19 vaccine during a clinic earlier this week at the Senior Center.
The first clinic by the Senior Center used the vaccine manufactured by Moderna. After receiving a shot Tuesday, residents were monitored by medical staff for 15 to 30 minutes in case of any adverse reactions.
“I’m happy I finally got it,” said 90-year-old town resident May Polocko. “The Center did a great job at organizing this.”
All appointments were carefully sequenced. Senior Center Director Tina Doyle took on the task of finding eligible residents.
“I got in touch with the Berlin Housing Authority and social services. I compiled a list, took off duplicates, took off people who were already scheduled for a vaccine, and then we called approximately 530 people,” said Doyle.
The Senior Center provided transportation to the clinic for those who required it.
The Central Connecticut Health District recently received 200 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and distributed them equally among Newington, Berlin, Wethersfield, and Rocky Hill. CCHS Director Charles Brown is expecting to receive more vaccine in the coming weeks.
“We will continue ordering new doses of vaccines and serve all our towns from now onto the foreseeable future as long as there is an additional need,” said Brown. “This is just a beginning, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”
The Senior Center is planning to hold a second clinic in March.
Eligible residents can schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments via the Vaccination Administration Management System, dubbed VAMS. People can access the VAMS system at cdc.gov, as well as 211 at uwc.211ct.org. For assistance, call The Senior Center at 860-828-7006.