A Stamford COVID-19 vaccination clinic has had its tent stolen in Scalzi Park. Here’s what happened next.

STAMFORD — His tent was stolen more than a week ago, but the Community Health Centers Immunization Clinic is still stationed in Scalzi Park providing residents with the most up-to-date doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

It’s just an outdoor clinic right now.

“It was a $7,000 tent,” CHC nurse Ta’Tiyana Houser said Thursday afternoon as patients took their places in chairs set up in the shade of a nearby tree.

The tent belongs to the city, but was loaned to the CHC. The actual date of the flight was not immediately available.

But try or not try, patients still come to get vaccinated, said her colleague Susie Klein. Over the past few weeks, there has been a constant trickle of residents seeking the updated boosters approved by the federal government in late August that offer more protection against the omicron variant of COVID-19.

Houser estimates around 35 people a day get vaccinated at the clinic in Scalzi Park, one of several remaining in Stamford.

Donna Powell was one of the people in line to get a second callback.

“I think it’s important to protect myself and the people around me,” Powell said of his decision with a shrug. Just minutes after the bullet was fired into his arm, Powell set out to bring treats for a dog lying languidly in the sun in the park.

Klein said people tend to come for vaccinations in waves. Many have been interested lately in the second or third boosters, given the new vaccine, she said. She recalled the waves of parents coming with young children during the summer months after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in June approved COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 6 months to 5. year.

These people, in his opinion, were motivated both by the new nod from federal health officials and by the upcoming summer festivities. Klein pointed out that many needed vaccines for summer camp and travel, so her small clinic was busy.

The Scalzi Park Vaccination Clinic is just one of a constellation of city-sponsored vaccination sites. Stamford Chief Health Officer Jody Bishop-Pullan told the Stamford Advocate in an interview that the city still operates two other regular park-based vaccination clinics: at Cove Island Park and Jackie Robinson Park. The city also sponsors an immunization clinic each Saturday at Westover Magnet Elementary School.

The Scalzi Park location operates from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, according to CHC.

CHC patients can go to any CHC location for the primary and booster series, the organization’s vice president of communications, Leslie Gianelli, told the Stamford Advocate in an email. Non-patients can call the clinic for an appointment.

The city and its partners have relied heavily on using outdoor vaccination clinics, but that’s about to change this fall, Bishop-Pullan said.

“As the weather changes, we may not have to open park sites and we may have to look for alternatives to providing the vaccines,” she added.

That doesn’t just mean finding more weather-resistant homes for partners like CHC. Bishop-Pullan said the local vaccine supply comes from the state government and she expects federal and state funding for vaccine clinics to continue through the end of the year. ‘year.

However, vaccine distribution could become even more intertwined with the private sector at some point, she said. So far, 611 million doses have been dispensed in the United States overall, and as of August, 263.3 million were dispensed by retail pharmacies.

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