Kent: High Watch COVID-19 vaccination clinic opens once again; School offers one-day vaccine opportunity Wednesday

Covid-19 vaccination site in Kent Barns

Covid-19 vaccination site in Kent Barns

The Kent Barns CT website

KENT — The High Watch Recovery Center Vaccination Clinic is back in business.

After closing in June due to a lack of appointments, the facility, on Old Barn Road in Kent Barns on Route 7, is now reopening once again for those interested in getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

The clinic will be open starting Sept. 8 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and again at the same time Sept. 14 and 15. It will be open for immuno-compromised individuals seeking a booster or for those seeking their first dose.

After that date, the facility will be open Tuesdays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., going forward.

Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available at the clinic, which is open to any resident and not just for those living in Kent. However, those wishing to make an appointment are strongly encouraged to schedule one through the VAMS system.

In June, High Watch was “so slow,” said Jason Perillo, High Watch chief marketing officer, in regard to the number of those making appointments to get a vaccine.

“At that point, everybody who wanted to get vaccinated for the most part, had been vaccinated,” Perillo said. “That, coupled with the fact that more and more pharmacies had opened for vaccinations, created a lot more opportunities for individuals who wanted to be vaccinated, to get vaccinated elsewhere.”

The decision to reopen the clinic was due to the COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, according to Perillo.

“Boosters have been made available for individuals who are immuno-compromised, so we’re seeing a bit of a resurgence in demand because of that,” he said.

Additionally, he said the facility is preparing for the full release of the booster, “so we want to be ready for that as well.”

Perillo said High Watch wants “to be able to meet demand for as long as demand exists. The game plan seems to be that individuals will be eligible for the booster eight months after their second dose — so that will continue out for many months.”

Kent School Racquet Center

There will be a free, walk-up mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the Kent School Racquet Center, 11 Skiff Mountain Road, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary. The clinic is for Kent residents only.

This one-day clinic is made possible through The Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Kent School.

Residents are asked to bring their health insurance card and photo ID. However, that is not a requirement to receive the vaccine.

Martin Voss, director of marketing and communications at the Kent School, said the school is “pleased to offer this vaccine clinic to the general public as part of our ongoing commitment to the health and well being of our school community and the broader community.”

According to Voss, the vaccination opportunity is being offered due to the need to vaccinate the handful of students who have arrived to the school unvaccinated from other countries.

Those students will be vaccinated Wednesday morning. “This is part of their orientation to the school year — that we coordinate this vaccination for them,” Voss said.

Students come to Kent School from 25 countries around the world, and due to various restrictions and logistical complications, not all have had the opportunity to get vaccinated in their home country, according to Voss, adding the vast majority of students do arrive to campus fully vaccinated.

Additionally, every Thursday, the Kent Station Pharmacy, 38 N. Main St., is giving the Moderna and J&J COVID-19 vaccines from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments can be made on healthmartcovidvaccine.com.

Kent First Selectman Jean Speck said she’s very happy there are several opportunities to get vaccinated right in town.

The town of Kent has “really high vaccination rates. Our overall rate is over 76 percent,” said Speck, adding she would like to see even more residents vaccinated against COVID-19.