Danbury Mall has started hosting more regular COVID-19 vaccine clinics, which are led by the Community Health Center. The federally qualified health center is partnering with Nuvance and the National Guard for the operation. Guard members check appointments as drivers pull up near the former Sears auto center, flag their vehicle, and eventually direct them to the other side of the parking garage near Lord and Taylor.
Community Health Center Vice President Amy Taylor says clinicians administer the shot and have people pull up for 15 to 30 minutes of observation. Danbury has allocated City EMS members to the site in case there's a medical emergency.
Although the clinic is a drive-up, patients may walk up if they don't have a car but have an appointment.
Nuvance and the Community Health Center are collaborating with anti-poverty agencies, faith communities and the hospital clergy to identify patients. The mass vaccination site will soon host all appointments that Danbury Hospital would have held.