By Dakota Antelman, Managing Editor
REGION – US Representative Lori Trahan was in Marlborough and Hudson April 6 to speak with constituents about the COVID-19 vaccine and recent federal stimulus legislation.
In two stops, Trahan visited UMass Memorial Hospital’s Marlborough vaccine facility before heading to downtown Hudson for an appearance at the Rail Trail Flatbread Company.
Trahan tours Marlborough Hospital
At Marlborough Hospital, Trahan touted federal efforts to strengthen vaccine supply chains and improve the efficiency of the vaccine rollout.
“It was great to tour Marlborough Hospital’s vaccine facility, which will directly benefit from robust federal investments in the production and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, tests, and personal protective equipment to support their heroic efforts to defeat this virus,” she said.
Marlborough Hospital President and CEO Steve Roach thanked her.
“Marlborough Hospital is appreciative for the COVID relief support we have received at both the state and federal levels,” he said. “It has enabled us to continue to care for our patients and the community during this historic pandemic.”
This tour specifically showcased Marlborough Hospital’s off-site vaccination clinic at the Courtyard Marriott off Boston Post Road.
Local health officials originally set that space up in hopes of opening it as a regional mini-mega mass vaccination site to supplement existing sites at places like the Natick Mall and Gillette Stadium. Those goals never came to fruition, though, as the approval process stalled in state hands.
“We’ve got Big Brother in Washington telling Big Brother at the state what to do, and we’re waiting,” Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant recently told City Councilors in a discussion about the situation.
In Hudson appearance, Trahan links vaccinations to economic relief
In Downtown Hudson, shortly after speaking at Marlborough Hospital, Trahan drew a link between the local vaccine rollout and the rest of the American Rescue Plan stimulus package she was promoting.
“Relief from the American Rescue Plan has already begun working its way into our communities, enabling us to get more shots into more arms, keep working families afloat, and helping small businesses stay open,” she said.
Charting a path forward now, Trahan remained optimistic about the future of the local, regional, state level and national fight against COVID-19.
“We will get through this pandemic, and with the relief in the American Rescue Plan, we’ll be able to do everything possible to ensure no one is left behind,” she said.