SALMON VNA Participates at Uxbridge COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic


In a multi-town collaboration aimed to vaccinate more Massachusetts residents, board of health members, healthcare workers, and volunteers have organized a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at McCloskey Middle School in Uxbridge, MA. This location has been accepted as a state vaccination site, and all residents that are eligible according to the guidelines set in place by the MA Department of Public Health, have the opportunity to receive the vaccine.

The clinic takes place weekly, with available times from 9 AM – 1 PM and 4 PM – 8 PM. Residents from Hopedale, Uxbridge, Northbridge, Blackstone, Millville, Mendon, and Milford are able to sign up for a time slot.

Karen-mccarthyAs part of its services, SALMON VNA participates in coalitions surrounding public health and infectious disease. Staff members included Ann Labonte, Celeste Kopech, Janet Iacoveli, Ashley Medeiros, Karen McCarthy, Kim Martinello, and Jessica Mendall. In total, there are about 20 staff and additional volunteers each day helping at the clinics.

Vice Chair and Medical Director for the Uxbridge Board of Health, Dr. David Tapscott, described the clinic as, “positive,” and expressed that, “volunteers and residents alike are feeling great.” Dr. Tapscott explained that about 20-25 percent of vaccine recipients so far, are educators from the towns.

About 130 people had signed up to receive the vaccine during Wednesday’s 3/24 clinic.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to participate in an event for a great cause,” says Executive Director for SALMON VNA, Hospice and PCO, Michele McGovern, RN, MSN. “We welcome opportunities to help our neighboring towns.”

Infection Control Nurse for SALMON VNA & Hospice, Ann Labonte, RN, BS, explains that while the clinics have been busy, “the high-level of participation and excitement surrounding the vaccines has been great.” She concludes, “Here’s to a new future!”

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