Dear UB Community,
I wanted to be sure you saw this exciting news.
On Friday, February 12, UB continued our fight against COVID-19 by partnering with Yale New Haven Health and the State of Connecticut to open a mass vaccination site at The Wheeler Recreation Center.
The interior of Rec Center has been transformed, with plastic shields and temporary walls enclosing small stations where patients receive vaccines. Refrigerated and sealed compartments have been installed to keep the vaccine doses and personal protective equipment safe. The vaccination site will be open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and be staffed by medical personnel from Bridgeport Hospital. The site is capable of delivering up to 1700 vaccine doses per week and will be the premier vaccination center in the area.
On the first day, over 250 vaccines were scheduled, and that number is expected to rise over the next few weeks, as more and more Connecticut residents sign up to receive this essential inoculation.
Paul Possenti, the Director of Trauma Services and Emergency Management at Bridgeport Hospital and Adjunct Professor in UB’s Physician Assistant Institute, serves as the Vaccination Clinic Operations Manager. Mr. Possenti said the following, “We’re very excited for the ongoing support from the UB community. We can’t thank you enough for letting us use the Wheeler Rec Center for this important effort.”
This latest effort is part of UB’s longstanding commitment to the community. We stepped up when the community needed a testing site in 2020, and now we are proud to step up to help with vaccination.
UB’s students, faculty, and staff have all done an amazing job adjusting to the challenge of the pandemic over the past year and I couldn’t be prouder of you.