Though offering vaccinations locally at Lapham Community Center has been convenient for residents, the program is straining the town’s Health Department and the municipality next month should discuss whether or not to continue it, New Canaan’s highest elected official said Tuesday.
First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said that Stamford Hospital has a well-run vaccination operation that recently expanded, and that doses also are to be made available at local pharmacies.
“The vaccination clinic is putting a bit of a strain on our Health Department,” Moynihan said during a regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen, held via videoconference.
“It requires quite a bit of staffing, and quite a bit of work. So after April 1, I think we’ve got to begin to consider whether we should be in the business of vaccinations. It’s very convenient for our residents but it’s also a bit of a strain.”
His comments came during a segment of the meeting dedicated to general matters before the town. Moynihan discussed transmission of the COVID-19 virus, saying New Canaan’s numbers “continue to be sort of flat, although there is a bit of an uptick in Connecticut.”
“We probably will see an uptick with school vacations coming up,” Moynihan said.
He added that the town’s vaccination clinics ” are going very well.”
“We are going to vaccinate 750 tomorrow at Lapham,” he said. “The great availability for vaccinations in the 45-and-older age group—Stamford Hospital, in particular, has set up a second mass vaccination operation in south Stamford, and I went to their Stamford Hospital clinic on Saturday to get my second shot. And they are very efficient. I think you should be able to find appointments in the next couple of weeks if you are in that age bracket. Walgreens locally and I think CVS is adding vaccinations, so there’s a lot of vaccination availability now.”
According to Connecticut Department of Public Health data updated Tuesday afternoon, New Canaan has had 1,177 cumulative confirmed positive cases of coronavirus disease, as well as 100 probable cases and 40 deaths. New Canaan Public Schools on Tuesday was reporting that a total of 15 students district-wide were isolating after testing positive for COVID-19, as well as one staff member, while a total of 114 students and 10 staff members were in quarantine due to close contact with a known positive case.