WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — On Wednesday, Governor Lamont toured the COVID-19 vaccination clinic located at Waterbury Arts Magnet School.
He was joined by Mayor Neil M. O’Leary, President of Saint Mary’s Hospital, Dr. Steven Schneider, and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Verna Ruffin.
The COVID-19 vaccination clinic, which opened on Jan. 25, is a joint venture between the City of Waterbury and Saint Mary’s Hospital.
We are still in Phase 1B of the state’s COVID response effort, which only allows for people 75 years and older to get the vaccine. The clinic is staffed by colleagues from Saint Mary’s Hospital and some Waterbury city employees, including school nurses, EMTs and firefighters.
Governor Lamont was on hand Wednesday morning to see it all in action as the state works to vaccinate hundreds of people per day. In Waterbury, the goal is to vaccinate 15,000 people a week.
“We got this new variant, it’s not so much here in Connecticut but this highly infections variant and we want to stay ahead of it, and the best way to stay ahead of it is to get people vaccinated,” said Lamont. “If you care about you health, you care about your family’s health, you care about your community’s health — get the vaccine.”
Recently, this was the only vaccination clinic open within the city because of a vaccine shortage.
“It’s so rewarding to see people take their selfies and walk out of here proud that they have their stickers, that they got their shot today,” Amanda Strileckis, a nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital, told News 8 last week.
It provides free COVID-19 vaccinations. Right now, shots are only available to frontline workers and people 75 and older by appointment only. You can make an appointment. If you don’t have access to an online platform, you can call the directory at 311.
It operates Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on weekends, from 8 a.m. – noon.