Red Cross volunteers go door to door, signing New Haven residents up for COVID vaccine appts.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, and U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro kicked off a COVID-19 vaccination awareness door-knocking event Saturday morning.

The City is partnering with the American Red Cross to get out the word on vaccinations in New Haven.

Mayor Elicker said, “Today is just one other example of the city working together with our team and other partners in the community to invest and make sure that underserved communities and communities of color have access to resources.”

Health Director Maritza Bond, Emergency Operations Director Rick Fontana, and the New Haven Fire Department, along with members of the American Red Cross and the New Haven Health Department, were in the Hill neighborhood Saturday morning for the event.

During the event, Senator Blumenthal said that 21% of New Haven resident have been vaccinated against COVID, which he says is a “great sign of progress…but there is still a long way to go.”

The group had turf packets and vaccination information. The volunteers also promoted the upcoming FEMA Mobile COVID Vaccination Unit on the New Haven Green next Thursday and Friday from 11 A.M. to 6 P.M.

Red Cross volunteers have been canvassing neighborhoods in different Connecticut cities to share information and education about the vaccine. All the work is outdoors, socially distanced and following COVID-19 safety guidelines.

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