Pictured above: The Covid vaccine arrived in East Hampton Feb. 13. | Joanne Pilgrim photo
East Hampton Town is seeking vaccines against Covid-19 from Suffolk County and New York State in a plan to open a community vaccination center, and was looking earlier this month for volunteers from the community for help in running it.
The vaccination clinics will be held at the former Child Development Center of the Hamptons (CDCH) building in Wainscott, which is now owned by the town and is far from existing vaccine distribution centers.
The town was able to acquire 300 doses of the vaccine to administer in a dry run at the site on Saturday, Feb. 13, which it planned to use to vaccinate firefighters and teachers who are at higher risk due to age or underlying health issues.
The vials containing the Covid vaccine were picked up personally on Friday from a Suffolk County clinic in Riverhead by Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, with an East Hampton Town Police Department escort, Officer Joe Montiel.
Hundreds of volunteers answered the town’s call for help — so many that the Town had to suspend taking names — and several dozen of them, a team of doctors, nurses, EMTs, and community residents, served at the clinic on Saturday. Several local school nurses were on hand, and an East Hampton Village Ambulance Association EMT team and ambulance stood by all day.
According to the town, “at present, supplies of the Covid-19 vaccines are limited; demand among the categories of New Yorkers currently eligible for the vaccine far outstrips supplies.”
“The town will continue seeking opportunities to offer vaccination clinics, particularly in partnerships with pharmacies and doctors who can offer vaccinations to our age 65-and-over residents or other eligible categories,” according to the town. “There is no sign-up or waiting list at this time.”