BIPOC COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Clinic Scheduled at Rutland Regional Medical Center
Rutland Regional Medical Center, in cooperation with the Rutland and Windham County NAACP, the Windham County United Way and the Vermont Department of Health, is hosting a COVID-19 booster clinic for the Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) community. BIPOC individuals who are 18 years or older and who are more than six months beyond their last COVID vaccine dose (Pfizer) are eligible to receive the COVID-19 booster.
“We are very pleased to work with our partners and with Rutland Regional Medical Center to provide a COVID-19 booster clinic for the BIPOC community,” said La’Keiah Gillespie, Clinical Coordinator for the BIPOC COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Clinic and Health Chair for the Rutland Branch of the NAACP. “COVID-19 disproportionately affects people in the BIPOC community, and we must do whatever we can to help protect them from the COVID-19 virus.”
People who qualify for the BIPOC clinic will need to register online, or they may call 802.417.8345. Once registered, they will be contacted to be scheduled for a booster appointment. Eligible individuals in the BIPOC community are also welcome to register for a booster at any available clinic by going to the Vermont Department of Health’s website at https://www.healthvermont.gov/myvaccine
The BIPOC COVID-19 booster clinic will take place on Saturday, October 30 from 7:30am to 6pm. The location will be in the upper level of the Thomas W. Huebner Medical Office Building on the Rutland Regional campus. Access to the clinic will be from the upper parking lot on Allen Street near the Specimen Collection Center.
In September, the Centers for Disease Control announced that the efficacy of the Pfizer COVID19 vaccine lessens over time. It recommended and approved a Pfizer COIVD19 booster vaccine for eligible individuals who were more than six months and beyond from their last (second) dose and 65 years or older, or 18 years or older and working in high-risk occupational and institutional settings, live in a long-term care facility, are members of the BIPOC community or have underlying medical conditions.