Wilton to hold COVID-19 vaccination clinic

  • Jacqueline Coll gives the COVID-19 vaccine to Donna Infante as part of the first round of vaccinations for frontline health care workers at Monadnock Community Hospital Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The town of Wilton will be partnering with the University of New Hampshire's Cooperative Extension to create an action plan for the town's economic development. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Ashley Saari

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 4/28/2021 4:31:06 PM

Wilton has been offered the opportunity to host a local clinic to provide doses of the COVID-19 vaccination within the next few weeks.

In partnership with the City of Nashua Department of Health and Welfare, Wilton is planning to hold a clinic designed to assist residents who struggle to be able to access vaccination sites in larger cities like Keene and Nashua, or are housebound or lacking reliable transportation.

Wilton Ambulance Director Sherry Miller said the clinic provides a local alternative for residents who have yet to get their vaccinations.

“If they can get it done here, it’s much easier than getting it done in Nashua or Keene,” Miller said. “There could be several people that are homebound and don’t have transportation, and it’s much easier to get a ride downtown for 15 minutes, than several hours to Nashua.”

The clinic isn’t just for those who can’t get to a larger vaccination site, Miller said. It’s also an option for those just looking for a more convenient location. What’s important is that as many people have access as possible.

“This is how we’re going to get back to normal,” Miller said. “We’re just trying to do our part to get people who can’t get to the city to get it.”

A date and location for the clinic has not been determined. Miller said the location will depend on the number of people who sign up to attend the clinic, and it will likely take place within the first half of May.

The town of Wilton began advertising a potential clinic last week, requesting any residents who were interested in accessing the vaccine locally to contact Miller. Miller said so far, only a handful of residents have indicated interest, with at least one home-bound resident included.

As of April 25, New Hampshire had reported about 1.13 million doses of the vaccination had been delivered, with about 401,000 people fully vaccinated. That’s about 29.5 percent of the New Hampshire population.

Miller said it is not known yet what version or versions of the COVID-19 vaccine will be available for Wilton’s clinic. Currently, due to federal requirements, recipients who are 16 and 17 years old may only receive the Pfizer vaccine, which is only available at certain fixed vaccination sites.

You do not have to be a resident of Wilton to attend the clinic.

If you are interested in accessing the vaccine through the Wilton clinic, contact Wilton Ambulance Director, Sherry Miller, at (603) 848-1678 to indicate your interest.

Currently, vaccination appointments in the state are open to anyone over the age of 16, regardless of residency. The state is currently also operating 11 clinics at community sites, Walgreen pharmacies and other eligible locations. Residents can register online through vaccines.nh.gov or by calling 211.

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertran script.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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