FEMA mobile unit brings COVID-19 vaccinations to Bridgeport residents

Bridgeport is struggling to get people vaccinated for COVID-19, but now a FEMA van is bringing the shot straight to the people.

News 12 Staff

Mar 29, 2021, 9:46 PM

Updated 1,120 days ago

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Bridgeport is struggling to get people vaccinated for COVID-19, but now a FEMA van is bringing the shot straight to the people.
It is FEMA's first mobile vaccination unit in the entire country. The first stop is the Beardsley Zoo.
Darline Jean, of Bridgeport, was at the front of the line.
"I'm so excited to take it today," says Jean. "I'm excited to take the vaccine because I'm a caregiver."
Bridgeport has the lowest COVID-19 vaccine rate in Connecticut. Only 17% of Bridgeport residents have been vaccinated.
Gov. Ned Lamont says that's why he asked for the van - to make sure the state's inner cities aren't left behind.
"Not going to let that happen here in Bridgeport. We're not going to let that happen in Connecticut, and that's not going to happen in the United States of America," Lamont says.
The mobile unit can vaccinate 400 people day. Soon, it'll stop at P.T. Barnum public housing.
After Bridgeport, the van will head to underserved ZIP codes across the state, including Stamford, Norwalk and New Haven.
When the governor was asked if the site was checking if those wanting to be vaccinated actually live in Bridgeport, he said, "I don't know. Do I care that much?"
"We can't expect people to come to our locations. We have to bring the vaccine to where people are," says Hartford HealthCare president Jeff Flaks.
There are bumps in the road, as the site takes walk-ins. Some people took the day off work only to be told they might have to come back Tuesday.
"If we have more walk-ups than we have vaccines, we will register them and have them come back again tomorrow when we can bring more vaccines to meet them," says Hartford HealthCare CCO Dr. James Cardon.
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