'Game changer': National Guard helps on first day of Brockton Shaw's Center vaccine clinic – Enterprise News


Mina Corpuz
 
| The Enterprise

BROCKTON — The first day of COVID-19 vaccines for the elderly and those with multiple medical conditions began Monday afternoon at the Shaw’s Center. 

“I couldn’t wait to get it,” said 60-year-old Kevin Cincotta, a Brockton resident. 

Staying home and watching TV all day has been boring, he said, and he looks forward to being able to go to sports games again, including seeing the Red Sox play. 

The clinic is a collaboration between Brockton Neighborhood Health Center and the city. Staff from the center registered patients and helped them with paperwork while 10 members of the Massachusetts National Guard gave the shots. 

The center received 3,000 doses from the state for the week and its goal is to work up to administering between 750 and 850 a day for eligible health center patients and Brockton residents. 

“We’re just so excited to be able to do this,” said Brockton Neighborhood Health Center CEO Sue Joss. “We’ve been waiting to do this ever since COVID hit our community a year ago.” 

On Monday,168 people signed up for appointments and day-of registration was possible throughout the day. 

People can register for an appointment on the city’s website or at www.tinyurl.com/vaccinerequest

Steve Damish, the health center’s public information officer, said the hope is for the clinic to become a regional one. 

Mayor Robert Sullivan called the clinic and its partnership with Brockton Neighborhood Health “a game changer.” 

“Collaborating with the Neighborhood Health Center is going to give us just a magnitude of vaccines,” he said Monday afternoon at the Shaw’s Center.

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“So this right here is what it’s all about,” he said. “We’ve got the people, we’re going to have the vaccines and we definitely have people rolling up their sleeves to get the shots.”

With the vaccine, there are good days ahead for Brockton, Sullivan said. 

As of Monday, 402 Brockton residents have died of COVID-19 and the city has had over 12,000 total confirmed cases. Measures like wearing face masks, social distancing and being vigilant are still important, he said. 

“The proverbial light at the end of the tunnel is almost here and we have to continue our efforts together,” Sullivan said. “The key word is ‘working together with a common purpose.'”

Staff writer Mina Corpuz can be reached by email at mcorpuz@enterprisenews.com. You can follow her on Twitter @mlcorpuz. Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Enterprise today.



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