EMS Ends 2020 With A Shot In The Arm

The COVID vaccine has come to Westport.

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics serving on Westport’s ambulances have begun vaccinations, as part of the national roll-out to front line medical personnel.

Officials call the vaccines “a sign of hope for local Emergency Medical Service volunteers and staff, after 10 months of treating the community’s COVID-19 patients.”

Yesterday, several Westport EMS members, along with other first responders from the Police and Fire Departments, received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Westport-Weston Health District.

Volunteer EMT Lynette Pineda, Volunteer EMT/Westport Volunteer EMS president Mike Burns, and Paramedic/Westport EMS deputy director Marc Hartog were the first to receive the vaccine at the Westport Weston Health District.

First responders have been authorized by the CDC to go to any certified vaccine clinic in the state. This allows personnel living outside of Westport to find a clinic closer to their home.

However, the ability to administer vaccinations here will make it easier and more efficient for EMS providers to receive their shots.

“We encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as it is available to you. In the meantime we’ll continue to wear masks, wash our hands frequently and practice social distancing, and ask all of you to do the same.” said EMS deputy director Marc Hartog.

Only 1 member of the nearly 75-person Westport Emergency Medical Service has been diagnosed with COVID-19 throughout the pandemic. Officials cite strict infection control and PPE protocols for keeping EMS members — and the many patients they treat — safe.

Most of the service’s volunteers and staff members say they’ll get the vaccine as soon as they can.

5 responses to “EMS Ends 2020 With A Shot In The Arm

  1. Kristin Schneeman

    Hometown heroes! And let’s not forget the Health District personnel! What a year this has been for all of them.

  2. Thank you to our first responders ! Healthy New Year to all!


  4. Beth Berkowitz

    I want to say a special thank you to Marc Hartog and all the EMTs and paramedics both paid and volunteer and all the other first responders for doing what they do for the rest of us. They are surely our hometown heroes keeping us safe and helping us when we need their help. They are a special breed of people! Thanks and so glad they were able to get the vaccine already! Makes me hopeful that 2021 will be brighter and healthier soon. Happy and healthy and safe new year to all!

  5. The best people to receive it!