GLOUCESTER — Public Health Director Karin Carroll is pleased to announce the Gloucester Health Department recently held its 30th COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
Since January, the City of Gloucester has held 30 clinics, primarily at the Rose Baker Senior Center. A limited number of door-to-door vaccinations were conducted in partnership with the Gloucester Housing Authority as well.
As a result of this work, the Gloucester Health Department has been able to administer 2,420 vaccine doses. Those vaccinated include first responders, medical professionals, and older adults.
The 30th clinic was held on Tuesday, April 6, and people eligible through Phases I and II of the state’s distribution plan were vaccinated.
“Offering these clinics has been a huge team effort, and we would like to sincerely thank everyone who was a part of this initiative,” Incident Commander for the clinics and Public Health Nurse Kelley Hiland said. “Planning for this started in mid-December and we mobilized our team quickly to run safe and successful clinics that would offer eligible residents a local opportunity to get vaccinated.”
The Gloucester Health Department has overseen countless flu clinics over the past several years, and was able to swiftly utilize a network of city staff, local partners and volunteers to facilitate the clinics.
“These clinics gave our residents eligible at that time an opportunity to get the vaccination in a location they were familiar with and that was easily accessible. This makes a huge difference, and I believe strongly that it has helped us lay a great foundation for our city in the vaccination effort moving forward,” Director Carroll said.
The Gloucester Health Department would like to recognize and thank the following people and organizations for their time and effort to support local vaccination opportunities in Gloucester this year:
- Incident Command System (ICS) Vaccine Team. The ICS team oversaw the operations of each clinic.
- Incident Commander– Public Health Nurse Kelley Hiland
- Public Information Officer–Fire Chief Eric Smith
- Planning Section Chief — Assistant Emergency Management Director Carol McMahon
- Operations Chief — Ret. Assistant Fire Chief Joe Aiello
- Logistics Chief — Assistant Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Robert Rivas. Rivas was newly appointed to Assistant Fire Chief when the first responder vaccinations began this January and immediately stepped up to assist.
- Finance and Administration Chief — Health Department Grants AdministratorJenna Newbegin
- Clinical Site Supervisor — Ret. Gloucester School Nurse Leader Cindy Juncker
- Staff and Resource Management — Carol Mondello
- IT Support — Director of Information Services Ryan Knowles
- Inventory Management — Paramedic/Firefighter Sander Schultz
- Medical Reserve Corps. Over the past few months 47 MRC volunteers assisted at the department’s clinics, some multiple times. These volunteers assisted with screening, registration and vaccine administration.
- Senior Care Inc. and the Gloucester Housing Authority, who coordinated appointments and offered transportation to clinics.
- All of the staff at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Staff helped book appointments and generously offered the Senior Center as a clinic site for the past three months.
The State of Massachusetts has stopped allocating vaccinations to individual municipalities for clinics as it was earlier in the vaccination distribution process, however the Gloucester Health Department continues to explore options to support eligible residents in accessing the vaccine locally.
Residents who can pre-register for a vaccine at a mass vaccination site by clicking here. The closest site is in Danvers.
Additional vaccination opportunities can be found by clicking here.