Regional Vaccine Collaboration Between Somerset, Swansea, Fall River, Attleboro and Taunton
Somerset Town Administrator Richard Brown, Swansea Board of Selectmen Chairman Christopher R. Carreiro and Public Health Nurse for the Towns of Swansea and Somerset Emily Lachance are pleased to announce that a regional vaccination collaborative between the Towns of Somerset, Swansea, Fall River, Attleboro and Taunton has been approved by state.
“The approval of our regional vaccine clinics is a credit to the group efforts of the Somerset, Swansea, Fall River, Attleboro and Taunton communities,” Public Health Nurse Emily Lachance said. “This endeavor would not have been possible without the steadfast collaboration between each of the five communities.”
Following the approval of their proposed regional collaboration, the Towns of Somerset, Swansea, Fall River, Attleboro and Taunton will begin planning clinic logistics with the assistance of the state Department of Public Health.
The proposed clinics will be hosted five days per week with each town hosting a respective clinic on an assigned day. The Towns expect to receive 750 vaccines per day to administer at the scheduled location, but this number may vary due to limited doses.
All individuals eligible to receive a vaccine across the state will be able to make an appointment at these clinics.
“We look forward to taking the next steps in helping to move along the immunization process and providing this service to our residents and neighboring communities,” Swansea Board of Selectmen Chairman Carreiro said. “I would like to thank the state for its approval of our regional collaboration and we look forward to working alongside DPH to facilitate these clinics.”
Though the regional vaccination collaborative has been approved, the communities do not have the vaccine yet due to the current constrained supply of vaccine doses. Once the collaborative is allocated doses in the coming weeks, additional information regarding the regional clinic will be shared.
“We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to partner with our neighboring communities to offer a regional vaccination clinic for our community members and residents across the state,” Swansea Town Administrator Aronstein said. “This regional clinic will give us the bandwidth to once again vaccinate our residents in a streamlined and accessible manner.”
Added Town Administrator Brown, “Receiving the news from the state that we will once again be able to continue our work in providing COVID-19 vaccinations to our community members was a huge victory for our residents. We have worked tirelessly to secure and administer doses of the vaccine, and the soon-to-be-scheduled clinics will be the direct results of our efforts.”
Additional information regarding the regional vaccination clinic’s registration and timeline will be shared once it is available.