Mass COVID-19 vaccine clinic opening at Mohegan Sun

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A file photo from a mass COVID-19 vaccine clinic in East Hartford, Conn. A mass clinic will open at Mohegan Sun on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021.

A file photo from a mass COVID-19 vaccine clinic in East Hartford, Conn. A mass clinic will open at Mohegan Sun on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021.

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A mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic is scheduled to open Friday at Mohegan Sun, health care officials said.

The Yale New Haven Health System, working with the state and the Mohegan tribe, announced plans Thusday to open the large-scale community vaccine site at Mohegan Sun’s Earth Expo & Convention Center.

“We are excited to provide more COVID-19 vaccinations to the residents in southeastern Connecticut,” said Patrick Green, president and CEO of L+M Healthcare, a member of Yale New Haven Health. “The Mohegan Sun community vaccine site is yet another extension of the remarkable partnership between our organizations to prioritize the health and wellness of the communities we serve.”

Green said teams have been working nonstop to streamline the vaccination process to accommodate the most people.

The clinic will run on an appointment-only basis, weather permitting. It is open to Connecticut residents.

Officials expect the clinic to adminster 300 vacccines on its first day of operation. Officials said appointments will be routinely added as more vaccine doses become available from the federal government.

“The Mohegan Tribe has a long-held philosophy of cooperation and working together with our neighbors, and throughout this pandemic we have practiced those values each and every day,” said James Gessner, chairman of the Mohegan Tribe. “Whether it meant temporarily shutting down operations entirely, installing new state-of-the-art safety technology, distributing PPE to healthcare partners, or helping provide community COVID testing, Mohegan is working hard to help Connecticut manage this crisis.”

Those eligible for the vaccine under Phase 1B can schedule an appointment by choosing the Mohegan Sun location on www.ynhhs.org/covidvaccine. Appointments can also be made by calling 877-918-2224 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, officials said.

Under Connecticut’s current vaccine roll-out phase, individuals ages 65 and up are eligible to be inoculated. This phase is expected to soon expand to include more eligible groups.

“The Mohegan Tribe has taken incredible steps throughout the pandemic to keep its members and residents safe through standing up testing sites, the distribution of PPE, and coordination with the Connecticut Department of Public Health,” Gov. Ned Lamont said in a statement. “We will get through this pandemic by working together, especially in vaccine distribution, and that’s exactly what this site represents.”

The site at Mohegan Sun will join a growing number of similar vaccination clinics opened across Connecticut as hospital networks and the state work to bolster vaccination numbers.

Gessner said he hopes the clinic at Mohegan Sun will serve as a “hub in southeastern Connecticut for the state’s vaccination efforts.”

“We are proud to continue to help serve our community, and eager to help Connecticut get as many state residents vaccinated as quickly as possible,” Gessner said.

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