Posted on April 5, 2021
VERNON — State Rep. Tim Ackert (R-8) visited the COVID vaccine clinic at the Vernon Senior Center today, along with other town and state officials, to see firsthand the success of the vaccine distribution program serving area residents. Ackert was joined by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, Vernon Mayor Dan Champagne and Vernon Town Administrator Michael Purcaro during a discussion of the town’s vaccine program, which can now serve residents aged 16 and older as of April 1st.
“I commend Mayor Champagne, Town Administrator Purcaro and the rest of their team and community partners for their excellent work getting the COVID vaccine out to local residents. Vernon’s approach has become a model for towns across the state and even across the nation, an achievement that speaks to the creativity and perseverance of the town and its residents,” said Ackert, who serves Vernon, Columbia, Coventry and Tolland in the state House of Representatives.
200 people were scheduled to receive the vaccine at the Senior Center, while the town plans to deploy a mobile clinic to the Oakridge Dairy Farm in Ellington later this afternoon as part of its “Getting Vaxed to Business Campaign”. Town officials say around 20,000 people have already been vaccinated, with thousands more slated to receive their first dose in the coming weeks.