Wallingford plans to use more community sites as booster clinics

WALLINGFORD — The city is considering additional immunization clinics at community sites once the ongoing round of walk-in clinics ends Thursday.

“We are reviewing other community sites to make booster/initial vaccines available in the coming weeks,” Chief Health Officer Stephen Civitelli said Monday. “Once a location is set, we will notify the public of dates and times.”

Weekly clinics have been held at the Department of Parks and Recreation every Thursday this month, with around 75 people coming each time. Held at 6 Fairfield Blvd., the clinic is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for initial and booster doses for ages 18 and older, walk-in.

In-home appointments are also available for those who qualify. Interested individuals can make an appointment by calling the Department of Health at 203-294-2065.

Civitelli said 81.88% of city residents had received at least one dose of the vaccine.

According to the National Vaccine Portal https://portal.ct.gov/vaccine-portal, doses are also available at the North Colony Road Stop & Shop, Walmart, Rite Aid and Walgreens. The Spanish Community of Wallingford also hosts a mobile vaccination van on Saturdays from 2-7pm with no appointment, insurance or ID required.

Health officials continue to promote vaccination to protect against serious illnesses caused by the delta and omicron variants.

“We are seeing a slow decline in the number of patients who have tested positive for COVID,” Dr. Ajay Kumar, vice president and clinical director of Hartford HealthCare, told reporters on Monday. “This includes a number of people who come for ancillary reasons but have tested positive for COVID.”

Along with the downward trend, cases of severe illness remain low among those vaccinated unless there are comorbidities, said Dr. Uysses Wu, chief epidemiologist and director of the infectious disease system.

“If you’re not vaccinated, you’re more likely to do poorly if you get COVID,” Wu said. “If you’re not boosted, you’re also more likely to do poorly than just getting vaccinated. But when you look at these two in totality, compared to the unvaccinated, the chasm is quite large. It’s quite significant.”

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