Rochester working to bring vaccines to residents

Feb 1, 2021

ROCHESTER — The town is in the early stages of preparing to administer the covid vaccine to residents, Selectmen announced at a Feb. 1 meeting. 

Board Chair Paul Ciaburri said that in a meeting between the town and the state, initial setup for the inoculation of 100 residents per week was discussed. 

“We did what we have to do so that if the town has the coronavirus inoculation sent to us, we will be able to pass it out,” the chair said. “There’s a lot of moving parts to this, and as we get more information, we’ll let you know.”

But with a potential of just 100 residents per week, it would take about a year to administer the vaccine to everyone. Ciaburri said that residents who want the vaccine quickly are likely better off going through a mass vaccination site, like the one planned for New Bedford.

“If they do wind up with a mass site there, you’d have a better shot at it,” he said.