COVID-19 vaccination clinics to be held at St. Jude Parish gym

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The steeple of St. Jude Parish can be seen from Monroe Turnpike.

MONROE, CT — First Selectman Ken Kellogg announced that the town’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be held in the St. Jude Parish gymnasium starting next week.

“I am extremely grateful to St. Jude Parish for providing this space as a community service,” he said in a pandemic update to residents Friday. “This new location will simplify the logistics of our clinic setup and allow us to schedule more appointments each week, while not interfering with other programming and services in our municipal and school facilities.”

The first selectman said Monroe’s two-week rolling case rate rose to just under six new cases per day, joining other towns in the southern and western sections of the state, who are in the red category on the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s color coded map. Red is the most severe.

“Our two-week case rate is 30.1 cases per 100,000 population,” Kellogg said. “As of yesterday’s report, Monroe has had 1,200 cases and 14 deaths, since the start of the pandemic.”

Kellogg said 31 percent of Monroe’s population has received at least one vaccination, adding the statewide rate is currently 29 percent.

Connecticut will open vaccination appointments to all individuals over the age of 16 starting April 1. Kellogg asks residents to check the link on the town’s website for vaccination options in our area.

“We will continue to open new appointments in VAMS each week as we confirm vaccine orders,” he said. “We typically post new clinics Thursday mornings.”

“Currently we are only receiving Moderna vaccine,” Kellogg said. “Please note the Pfizer vaccine is currently the only one approved for 16 and 17 year olds.”

This week, vaccination efforts began for homebound Monroe residents. Those who are medically or physically unable leave their home to receive a COVID-19 vaccine can register their need for in-home vaccination.

“You may also submit a request on behalf of another individual,” Kellogg said.

To register online, click on this link or call the Monroe Senior Center at 203-452-2815.

The town will continue to post its vaccination standby list each Monday morning between 8 and 8:30 a.m. “You must be eligible and registered in VAMS,” Kellogg said.

For information, click here.

As vaccination efforts are underway, people are still being tested for the virus. In addition to daily testing at Monroe’s local urgent care centers, drive-thru testing at Stevenson Fire Station, 1260 Monroe Turnpike, will be offered on Wednesday, March 31, and continue every other Wednesday.

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