Meriden holding series of COVID vaccination clinics for students leading up to start of school year

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MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The City of Meriden is preparing for the upcoming school year and hosting pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

There will be multiple clinics held from July 20 through August 28:

  • July 20 and 27 – Hubbard Park (playscape area) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • July 26 – Maloney High School from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • July 28 – Israel Putnam Elementary School from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • July 22 and 29 – Lincoln Middle School from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • July 16 – John Barry Elementary School from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • July 24 – Meriden Green from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • August 3 – National Night Out event at the Meriden Police Department from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • August 5 and 19 – Lincoln Middle School from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (August 5 will be Back to School COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic – backpack giveaway)
  • August 7 – Meriden Green from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Back to School COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic – backpack giveaway)
  • August 9 and 15 – Maloney High School from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • August 11 and 18 – Israel Putnam Elementary School from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • August 13 and 20 – John Barry Elementary School from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • August 28 – Meriden Green from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. as part of the Meriden Farmer’s Market
  • August 28 – Hubbard Park from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. as part of Overdose Awareness Day

Pfizer, a two-dose vaccine approved for people 12 and up, and Johnson & Johnson, a one-dose vaccine approved for people 18 and up, will be available.

Students 12 and over have the chance to receive a backpack filled with school supplies on August 5 at Lincoln Middle School and August 7 at the Meriden Green.

Right now, 52 percent of the city’s residents have been vaccinated.

“The Community Health Center is providing the Pfizer vaccine, which is for those over the age of 12 are eligible to get. They are also going to be providing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and that is for 18 and over,” said Lea Crown, Meriden Director of Health and Human Services.

“Today was a blessing. We hit the jackpot. I just wanted to get him ready for school and get back into the swing of things,” said Elaine Cruz, a grandmother.

Many colleges and universities are requiring students to be fully vaccinated before they can attend in-person classes and campus activities.

As an incentive, college students who get vaccinated at the clinics will be entered to win one of three prizes: a dorm-sized fridge, a microwave, or a dorm essentials kit.

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