COVID-10 vaccines coming to SHA residents
Springfield Housing Authority residents will receive COVID-19 vaccines starting this week, thanks to a partnership with the City of Springfield, the state of Massachusetts and American Medical Response.
The agreement means that vaccines will be provided to SHA residents at locations that are near to their housing developments. The program is particularly aimed at elderly and disabled residents.
SHA Executive Director Denise R. Jordan joined Mayor Domenic Sarno, Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, and representatives from AMR, which has already partnered with the city to provide vaccines to residents.
Jordan said the partnership will help among the city’s most vulnerable and overlooked in ensuring they are protected from the virus that has become a worldwide pandemic.
“We can’t thank the city of Springfield enough for helping to make this happen,” Jordan said. “Most of our residents do not live close enough to the vaccines sites to get there without a lot of difficulty. This helps a lot.”
Residents have already begun to make appointments for this week at the Boland Elementary School, and at Baystate Health clinics in Brightwood and Mason Square. The vaccines are being provided specifically for SHA residents.
As more vaccines are available, appointments will be made for SHA residents. Residents who need vaccine appointments should contact their property management office.
Sarno and Caulton-Harris said the partnership is helping the city reach a crucial goal: Getting residents vaccinated as soon as possible.
“We want to make this as convenient as possible to our citizens who are underserved and vulnerable,” Sarno said. “This is helping us to achieve our overall goal of getting us safely through this pandemic.”
Caulton-Harris offered praise for the SHA and for Jordan, saying “She speaks up every day for the residents of Springfield. It was through her leadership that this has become possible. She has put our public housing residents front and center in her priorities.”
Caulton-Harris added, “I am so proud of the way our community comes together to serve the underserved. We take care of each other.”
AMR Director of Operations Patrick Leonardo said his company is happy to help facilitate the vaccine program in the city.
Also attending from the SHA were Board of Commissioners Chairman Thomas LaBonte, Deputy Director Nicole Kane, District Property Manager Sandra West, and Assistant District Property Manager Sonia Colon.
SHA has about 8,000 residents, about 5,000 of them eligible under a decision by Governor Charlie Baker to prioritize older and handicapped residents living in congregate housing.
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