March 15, 2021
Copley Hospital has been given the green light to expand community COVID vaccination clinics beginning March 10. “As Governor Scott expands the population eligibility for the vaccine, there is a need for more clinics. We have been asked by the State to increase our clinics to accommodate 400 doses per day,” stated Copley CEO Joseph Woodin. “This is great news. We are excited to be providing vaccination clinics to our community. As healthcare workers, and some of the first to receive the vaccination, we are happy to see the outpouring of interest from our community. The sooner we are all vaccinated, the sooner we can get back to living normal lives,” Woodin continued.
Copley began COVID vaccinations in December, beginning with healthcare workers. The hospital will soon complete the second doses for nearly1,200 healthcare workers. In February, community clinics were added, and we are now offering two clinic days per week, 400 doses for Phase 1B, community members 55 years and older with certain high-risk health conditions. “We were happy to have been asked to provide community clinics. The clinics we provide are by appointment only – community members must register online at healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine or by calling (855) 722-7878 to schedule an appointment at one of the clinics we offer,” said Jenn Holton-Clapp, Director of Quality, Risk and Informatics.
Effective March 31, Copley will be offering two clinics per week, with the option to expand to three, at the Morrisville VFW. “As the State continues to expand the population eligibility, we needed to find a venue that provides better accessibility as well as sufficient space for check-in, vaccination stations, and a holding area,” commented Woodin. “We fortunately found that location and have worked out a schedule with the local VFW Post 9653 on VWF Street, behind River Arts.” Holton-Clapp added, “Currently we are scheduled for Wednesdays and Thursdays. Again, these clinics are for people who have registered on the Vermont Department of Health’s website or called in. We will not be accepting walk-ins. By the end of April we will reach our goal of administering 500 1st doses per week and 500 2nd doses per week.”
How to Make an Appointment
To register for a vaccine appointment, visit healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine (preferred method) or call 855-722-7878. Information you should have available when you schedule your appointment includes name, date of birth, address, email, phone number, and health insurance information.
The Vermont Department of Health’s website provides daily updates, general COVID information, etc. The site is very helpful and includes videos on how to make an appointment.
As of March 11, in addition to those 65 and older, people 16 and older with certain chronic conditions are also eligible to make a vaccine appointment. The Vermont Department of Health’s website provides a list of those conditions.
The Copley community clinics are by appointment only. Walk-ins will be turned away. Watch for ads in the local papers on dates and times of these clinics.