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Vaccine offers hope amid pandemic

The fight against COVID-19 has entered a new phase as Greenwich Hospital begins administering promising vaccines to healthcare workers and the public.

The Greenwich Hospital team at the Brunswick COVID-19 vaccination site
The Greenwich Hospital team at the Brunswick COVID-19 vaccination site vaccinates hundreds of community residents every day.

Greenwich Hospital and Yale New Haven Health, in partnership with Brunswick School in Greenwich, opened a public COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the school in January. Community residents also can sign up to receive a vaccination at Greenwich Hospital’s West Putnam Medical Center at 500 West Putnam Ave. in Greenwich.

“Brunswick has been an amazing partner,” said Diane Kelly, DNP, president of Greenwich Hospital. “Our goal is to vaccinate at least 1,000 people a day, safely and quickly, at this site.”

Greenwich Hospital’s Jasmine Sahni, PharmD, vaccinates Piyal Alam, DO
Greenwich Hospital’s Jasmine Sahni, PharmD, vaccinates Piyal Alam, DO, one of the first frontline healthcare workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We are happy and eager to be of help to our community during this national emergency,” said Brunswick School Head Thomas W. Philip.

Vaccinations at both sites are by appointment only. Connecticut residents can make an appointment on the Yale New Haven Health website: ynhhs.org/covidvaccine. Yale New Haven Health patients who reside outside of Connecticut are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Connecticut if they qualify for vaccination under Connecticut’s guidelines.

Members of Greenwich Hospital’s Pharmacy Department
Members of Greenwich Hospital’s Pharmacy Department accept the first shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Greenwich Hospital received its first doses of the vaccine in December 2020. “This is the light at the end of the tunnel for our community, the nation and the world,” said Teresa Papstein, the hospital’s pharmacy director. Frontline healthcare workers were among the first individuals to receive the vaccine under Connecticut’s vaccination guidelines.

“The vaccines are safe and effective,” added Anna Cerra, DNP, Greenwich Hospital’s chief nursing officer. “There is nothing more important than getting vaccinated.”