(WTNH) — Yale New Haven Health, along with Governor Ned Lamont and the Mohegan Tribe, has launched a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Mohegan Sun.
The clinic first opened Friday at the Mohegan Sun Earth Expo and Convention Center. We’re told that up to a thousand people can be vaccinated in one day at this location, which is centrally located in the eastern part of the state.
The walk up to the registration desk at the mass vaccination clinic at Mohegan Sun is one Cosmo Seaberg has wanted to take for a while and he was prepared.
“Looks like you confirmed everything online,” a worker told him.
A quick stop at registration and then he was off to get his COVID-19 vaccination.
“Did you have to travel far?” asked the nurse. ”No I didn’t,” answered Seaberg. “I live in Baltic which is 20 minutes a way.”
Mohegan Sun’s Expo Center was transformed into the mass vaccination clinic for the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Today we’ll do about 300 but we’ll end up doing probably 600 and a thousand a day,” said Dr. Kevin Torres, an emergency department doctor at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London.
The clinic runs on an appointment-only basis, weather permitting.
Yale New Haven Health is running the clinic complete with its own pharmacy where the vaccine is prepared in a quiet back room. Each vial contains about six doses which are put in individual syringes.
“It makes it much easier so our nurses and whoever our vaccinators are can just focus on giving the doses to the patients,” said Mark Rogers, Director of Pharmacy at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.
Seaberg received his first of two Pfizer vaccine doses.
“It gives me a bit of a relief,” said Seaberg.
“We’re really excited,” said President and General Manager of Mohegan Sun, Jeff Hamilton. “When you think about Mohegan Sun we have the infrastructure, we have the parking, we have the ability to scale up. The hope is to do up to a thousand doses a day at our location. It’s convenient if you live in Southeastern Connecticut.”
Mohegan Sun has also hosted PPE distribution. It continues to host a COVID-19 testing site and now it has this vaccination clinic.
“As we get vaccine we open more slots so people should continue to check our websites. There’s also a phone number as well,” said Dr. Torres. “This just opens up a lot more access for this area.”
They even have this portable language interpreter service which can be wheeled over to the registration area, to where the vaccines are given, and even the recovery room. So someone who doesn’t speak English can still communicate.
“We think this is an end to a long journey,” said Hamilton.
“I’ll be back in three weeks to get my second vaccination and I should be good to go,” said Seaberg.
The one thing Seaberg won’t gamble on at this casino is his health.
Eligible Connecticut residents in Phase 1A and 1B can schedule an appointment at Yale New Haven Health’s website and selecting the ‘Mohegan Sun’ location.
Appointments can also be made through the state’s COVID Vaccine Appointment Assist Line (877-918-2224), which is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.