Brockton to vaccinate hundreds of residents, workers in weekend clinic

BROCKTON, Mass. — People who live and work in Brockton will have the opportunity to get the COVID-19 vaccine at a special weekend clinic Saturday and Sunday.

According to Brockton’s Executive Health Officer Eno Mondesir, the city received a special shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from the Department of Public Health as part of the state’s Vaccine Equity Initiative.

“Some cities have been hit much harder. As you know, this virus doesn’t discriminate, but there are places where people in diverse populations are hit very hard,” Mondesir said. “Brockton is one of the 20 communities [in the Vaccine Equity Initiative], so therefore we receive additional vaccines to be able to assist particularly those individuals that are disenfranchised.”

The city hopes to administer 1,400 vaccines during the weekend.

The clinic is open to people who live and work in Brockton and who are currently qualified to get vaccinated in phases 1 or 2 of the state’s vaccine rollout plan.

The one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be given out Saturday and the Pfizer vaccine will be given out Sunday.

Appointments can be made by calling the Council on Aging at 508-580-7811. While appointments are preferred, no one will be turned away.

“The goal right now is to save lives and to get shots in the arms of Brockton residents, people in the Commonwealth and people in the nation,” said Brockton Mayor Robert Sullivan. “From a logistics standpoint, appointments are the best practice, but if someone is willing and ready to get a shot, we’re not going to say no.”

The clinic runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Shaw’s Center at 1 Feinberg Way.