PLYMOUTH – Bristol Health and the Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps are teaming up to offer a drive-thru vaccination clinic this Saturday.
The free vaccination clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps headquarters at 191 Main St. The vaccine offered will be the Pfizer vaccine, which has also been approved for use with youths 12 to 15. No appointment is needed to go, but children ages 12 to 15 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.
Tony Orsini, health and safety officer for the town of Plymouth, encouraged residents to take advantage of the opportunity to get vaccinated.
“Our town is still in the red and I just saw this morning that we had another fatality due to covid,” he said. “The good news is that more and more people are getting their vaccinations and I hope that more and more continue to do so.”
Orsini said that this is the first mobile vaccine clinic being offered in Plymouth. Prior to Saturday, Plymouth residents have gone to vaccine clinics in Bristol or received their vaccinations at the local Walgreens.
“Some attempts were made earlier with the Torrington area health district, but they didn’t pan out,” he said.
Bonnie Doughty-Jenkins, president of the Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps' board of directors, also encouraged residents to get vaccinated.
“The timing is perfect now that Pfizer has been approved for people 12 and up,” she said.
Doughty-Jenkins said that when people arrive at the PVAC headquarters, they will be directed toward the back entrance. There, they will be given a clip-board to register. They will then be directed to one of three stations to get vaccinated.
“After they get vaccinated, they will be asked to park for 15 minutes,” she said. “That way, if anyone has a reaction or doesn’t feel well there will be people there to answer questions and treat them.”
Once those 15 minutes are up, people will be directed to exit through the main entrance driveway.
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