BRIDGEWATER — Town Manager Michael Dutton is pleased to share that the Town of Bridgewater successfully hosted its first COVID-19 vaccination clinic last weekend for eligible Bridgewater Housing Authority residents.
The town vaccinated 60 people as part of a clinic held Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Bridgewater Housing Authority. Doses were specifically allotted for those 75 years old and older who became eligible on Monday, Feb. 1 through Phase Two of the state’s vaccine distribution plan.
The clinic was the result of a multi-department collaboration between the Bridgewater Emergency Management Team, Bridgewater Housing Authority and Bridgewater Fire Department.
Eligible residents were scheduled for appointments in 15-minute increments. Acting Fire Chief Michael MacDermott organized the check-in process and clinic staff assisted residents in filling out paperwork, administered the doses and conducted post-inoculation observation.
“I’d like to thank Housing Authority Executive Director Karen Rudd, Chief MacDermott, the clinic staff and all those who helped to organize this first clinic and make it a success,” said Town Manager Dutton. “We are grateful to have secured this first round of vaccines, which allowed us to hold this clinic, and we will continue working to receive additional doses to provide vaccination opportunities to more residents in the coming weeks and months.”
While the Town of Bridgewater plans to host multiple vaccination clinics for seniors age 75 and older, along with other residents who will become eligible as part of Phase Two, all local clinics are dependent on the town securing vaccine doses. The town is seeking additional vaccination allotments and will notify the community promptly when more vaccines are provided by the state for future clinics.
Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 16, senior residents interested in receiving information as it becomes available can call the Bridgewater COVID Vaccine Information Line at 508-697-0930 during business hours, generally Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seniors can also leave their name and email or phone number to receive additional information via email or robocall.
Registering at a Current Massachusetts Vaccine Site
Those currently eligible to receive the vaccine can make an appointment at a number of vaccination sites around the region. To view a map of vaccination sites, click here. All sites require an appointment.
To make an appointment at a vaccination site:
- Visit mass.gov/COVID-vaccine to find your phase and priority group
- If you’re eligible, visit mass.gov/COVIDVaccineMap to find a vaccine clinic near you
- Make an appointment online and fill out the attestation form
It is recommended that those eligible for the vaccine visit the webpage to select a location and make an appointment as soon as they become eligible. However, residents should note that while the state is creating more mass vaccination sites and they may become eligible to receive the vaccination in the coming weeks, vaccination distribution is contingent on the number of physical vaccines available. Residents are asked to remain patient and are encouraged to check the appointment webpage often as new locations and additional appointments are added.
Additionally, a 211 hotline has been made available by the state for residents 75 years old and older who do not have internet access or who otherwise cannot use the appointment site. The hotline is taking calls Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Callers will be able to speak with a live representative who will help them find a nearby vaccination location and make an appointment. Translators are also available to help through the 211 line.
Additionally, the Town of Bridgewater will continue to share any and all updates regarding local and regional vaccination opportunities on the town website here, the town’s Facebook Page @TownofBridgewater and by robocall.