FEMA COVID mobile vaccination unit heads to the New Haven Green; appointment needed

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s mobile COVID vaccination unit is moving on from Bridgeport to the Elm City.

It’s all in a continuous effort to make it easier for people to get the COVID vaccine. They will be providing the Johnson & Johnson single dose shot. The unit is expected to handle at least 250 people a day.

It takes about 50 people to staff, including national guard troops to handle crowd control and traffic.

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“I came out to protect people and get the shot because I’ve had family members who’ve died from the coronavirus,” Clara Oquinn. “It’s very important to get the shot, I know friends who was in the hospital with the virus.”

The unit will be stationed at the New Haven Green Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The clinic is only available to New Haven residents for those times.

If you want to take advantage of this clinic, you must make an appointment. The City’s Emergency Operations Director told News 8 that the clinic will not take walk-ups. However, people can stop by to make an appointment for later in the day or for Friday.

“It was free and it was right downtown, so I’m coming over,” Catherine Brantley, New Haven resident. “I was nervous but just get it done especially if you have children like me. I have children and I have grandchildren as well.”

Connecticut is the first in the nation to receive one of these mobile vaccination clinics. The site was originally in Bridgeport but has made its way to the Elm City as an extra opportunity for residents to feel safer.

For more information and to make an appointment, you can call Griffin Hospital at 855-691-6369. You can also sign up online at Griffin Health’s website.

Connecticut is the first state in the nation to get one of these federal mobile clinics. For a full list of places the FEMA unit will be visiting within the next two months, click here.

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