East Hampton is Launching Vaccination Center

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.” 

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

One thought on “East Hampton is Launching Vaccination Center

  • February 15, 2021 at 9:29 pm
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    What good is this news without any way to
    Go online to get an appointment for the vaccine ? Many of us are over 75 and need help to get the vaccine! Most elderly couples need to get them together which seems impossible!

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