NEW BRITAIN – Beacon Prescriptions located in the CMHA building hosted a vaccine clinic Monday afternoon.
“Beacon Prescriptions is glad for the opportunity to help vaccinate CMHA staff and clients,” said Todd DeGroff, Beacon Prescriptions manager. “It’s a great opportunity for Beacon and CMHA to help the clients of New Britain get vaccinated.”
Once their masks were on and temperatures were checked CMHA clients headed up to the 2nd floor to the clinic. There were five stations set up with cones guiding everyone in a single file line.
“There’s a pharmacist, intern and two other employees working the clinic,” DeGroff said.
As soon as the clients stepped off the elevator they walked directly into the door to the first station where they had to check in. The clinic had a certain number of slots so everyone receiving the vaccine had to pre-register through CMHA.
“We have great communication with these guys so when I found out we were getting vaccines I communicated with Ray Gorman their CEO and within days we had a clinic set up,” explained DeGroff. “We wish we could get more than our weekly supply because there is such a strong need for it.”
Gorman said that they are pleased to partner with Beacon Prescriptions to provide the community access to the vaccine.
The vaccines were administered by Laura Walberg Pharm D, Beacon Prescriptions and Camila Gonzalez Ribadeneira, Pharmacy Intern, University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy.
“They wait 15 minutes (after) just to make sure no one has a bad reaction,” said Walberg.
Seats were set up socially distance apart for those that needed to wait.
“We’re grateful that Beacon Prescriptions was able to obtain doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine,” said Grace Cavallo, CMHA Chief Program Officer. “We’re pleased to offer our staff and their family members, as well as our clients, the opportunity to receive the vaccine at a convenient location right here at our building. CMHA is dedicated to the vaccination effort, and we know that having our staff vaccinated helps us meet our mission of service to the community.”