The weekly shipment of COVID-19 vaccine doses that a municipality receives for clinics hosted by local health departments varies. New Milford Health Director Lisa Morrissey says that's because the federal government, and in turn the state, are just shipping doses out as they are secured. She says some times that means 50 doses, sometimes it's 500.
Right now the clinic is for education staff only. Morrissey says New Milford has a closed web portal, and when she finds out how many shots they'll be able to administer on Fridays, she contacts the Superintendent of Schools. Morrissey says staff will then follow a link to schedule an appointment. These time slots are not on the Vaccine Administration Management System. This is by invitation-only to make sure teachers can get into a clinic sooner rather than later.
If New Milford's allotment from the state remains stable, the town will be done within 3 weeks. Mayor Pete Bass says it took a big, multi-departmental lift to bring this type of operation into fruition.