Center Set to Begin Administering Vaccines to Individuals Ages 75+ Beginning February 1
SOUTHBRIDGE, MA, January 29, 2021 – Harrington HealthCare System (HHS) hosted a visit with Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal, D-Springfield, on Friday, January 29 at its state-designated vaccination center. Congressman Neal met with HHS President and CEO Ed Moore, other leadership and various vaccination staff members in the healthcare system to tour the facility.
“Congressman Neal has been a great partner in supporting Harrington HealthCare’s efforts to provide access to quality healthcare in our communities. He and his staff have played an instrumental role in assisting us with our COVID-19 relief efforts,” said Ed Moore, President and CEO of HHS. “We are grateful for his partnership and support as we work together to fight the impacts of this unprecedented health threat.”
“Becoming a state-official site is a huge step in the right direction. We are pleased to work with the state in providing vaccines to our local community members along with residents state-wide,” Moore said. “As we continue to vaccinate more people it is important to still take the appropriate precautions such as wearing a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from others outside your household, and wash your hands.”
“Harrington Hospital is doing extraordinary work to serve the community and help eliminate the virus,” said Congressman Neal. “The partnership they forged with local towns in December to support staffing needs has allowed them to get more needles into more arms as we continue to roll out the vaccination plans. That is an incredible undertaking. They truly are the little hospital that could.”
Since the inception of the Massachusetts distribution plan, which began in mid-December, Harrington has administered over 4,500 vaccines. This included Health care workers, local nursing home facilities, and first responders. In addition to these efforts, HHS will begin administering vaccines to individuals ages 75 or older as early as this Monday, February 1st.
Harrington’s state-official vaccine distribution center is operating at the Southbridge Community Center located at 153 Chestnut Street. Individuals who qualify to receive the vaccine at this time and who are interested in scheduling an appointment to be vaccinated should visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccination-locations-for-individuals-in-eligible-groups-and-phases .
Harrington also continues to operate two COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites located in Southbridge and Webster. To date, Harrington has tested over 45,000 community members. To schedule an appointment, or for more information on COVID-19 testing please visit www.harringtonhospital.org.
Harrington HealthCare System is a comprehensive regional healthcare system serving more than 25 communities across south-central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. The system includes Harrington Hospital in Southbridge, Harrington HealthCare at Webster and three additional major medical office buildings: Harrington HealthCare at Charlton, Harrington HealthCare at 169, also in Charlton, and Harrington HealthCare at Spencer; Harrington Physician Services, our primary care and multi-specialty physician group; UrgentCare Express at Harrington in Charlton and Oxford; The Cancer Center at Harrington in Southbridge, and the region’s largest Behavioral Health programs for mental health and substance use.