Marion to begin vaccinating older residents
MARION — The town will receive 100 vaccinations to use as part of round two of the state’s phased vaccination plan, and will hold a clinic for residents 85 and older on Feb. 5.
The town said in a Jan. 30 press release that it is prioritizing residents by age, and will be working down a list provided by the state based off of census data of residents from oldest to youngest in the 85-years-old and older category. The age-based prioritization is due to a limited number of available doses.
Eligible residents will be contacted by the town from oldest to youngest to make appointments for the Feb. 5 clinic until the current 100 dose supply of vaccines has been accounted for.
In phase two of the state’s vaccine rollout — which begins Feb. 1 — residents 75 years of age or older will become eligible for the vaccine. The state has not yet announced when individuals 65-years-old and older and those with two or more comorbidities will be able to receive the vaccine.
"We know many residents who become eligible on Monday have had a hard time obtaining an appointment, and we are so thankful to have been given these vaccines to provide to our residents," Town Administrator Jay McGrail said in the press release. "However, this is a very limited number of doses and so we're prioritizing residents by age at this time. I'd also like to thank our Board of Health for their hard work in making this clinic possible."
Marion is seeking additional vaccination allotments and will notify the community if more vaccines are provided by the state for future weekly clinics.
Residents eligible through phase one and those who become eligible for the vaccination on Feb. 1 through the state's distribution plan may click here to view a map of vaccination clinics. All sites require an appointment.