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Marpe Offers Vaccine Update

First Selctman Jim Marpe urges all Westporters to be vaccinated against COVID-19 “as soon as possible.” However, the timetable for doing so is not yet clear.

He says:

Currently, Westport’s long-term care facility residents and staff, and Emergency Medical Service personnel are eligible for and have been receiving the vaccination per state Department of Health guidelines for Phase 1a of the rollout. This includes personnel and staff from the Westport Weston Health District, school nurses, and Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services Departments.

According to Governor Lamont, Phases 1b and 1c are expected to be completed between January and May. The state has not yet finalized who will be eligible for vaccination during these phases.

A nurse prepares an injection of the influenza vaccine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston in 2013.

By June, it is anticipated that Connecticut will move into Phase 2, and the vaccine will be provided to the general population.  At that point, it is expected that the vaccine will be available through medical providers, CVS and Walgreens pharmacies, and clinics.

Once the criteria for vaccination is met, whether based upon age, health status or employment category, Westporters are encouraged to schedule an appointment for vaccination. We expect that the scheduling processes and technology for the general public will be made available as subsequent vaccination phases are announced.

Although current vaccines do not contain the virus that causes COVID-19, there is a possibility that the virus may be contracted from another source. People may remain asymptomatic and contagious even after vaccination.

As a result, the town will continue observing COVID-19 protocols (wearing a face mask, physical distancing, routine deep sanitization, etc.) until it is deemed safe to discontinue those practices.

For more information oon Connecticut’s vaccination program, click here.

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.