Jan. 12, 2021—Bedford police and firefighters are scheduled to receive their first doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (Jan. 14-16.)
The setting will be at a regional clinic in a temporary building at Concord-Carlisle High School.
Heidi Porter, Director of the Bedford Health and Human Services Department, said the arrangement is in response to a state distribution policy.
“We have a twice-weekly call with the Department of Public Health,” Porter said of local health directors. “They said if we could get at least 200 they would distribute it to us directly.”
Porter said she and Fire Chief Dave Grunes reached out to colleagues, and the result is a vaccination site with 400 doses for first responders from Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, Lincoln, Maynard, and Sudbury.
Each participant registers for the vaccination and receives a specific time, Porter said. Members of the town’s volunteer Community Emergency Response Team, who help out at community Covid testing, are also eligible for the dose.
The same format is expected for the second vaccination in four weeks, Porter said.
Porter said she and members of her staff plan to observe the proceedings in Concord, seeking operational ideas that could be applied to a vaccination clinic for Bedford residents.
“I’m excited to get my vaccine – I can’t wait,” Porter said. “There are Covid-facing nurses I know who were vaccinated, and you could see a little bit more of a lightness about them. They’re halfway to immunity.”
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