Southborough selectmen take stock of COVID-19 vaccination effort

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Photo by/Dakota Antelman
The Southborough Town House overlooks Main Street.

By Sara Brown, Contributing Writer

SOUTHBOROUGH – The Southborough Board of Selectmen is continuing to urge residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Both Moderna and Pfizer vaccine appointments are available locally at the Regional Vaccination Clinic at the DoubleTree Hotel located at 5400 Computer Dr. in Westborough. 

“We are comparing well with communities around us and sometimes better in terms of younger people being vaccinated,” Town Administrator Mark Purple said at a May 4 selectmen meeting. 

As of May 4, roughly 61 percent of Southborough residents had received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to Purple. 

However, that number could have been higher, he suggested.

“It’s a shame we couldn’t get this sooner,” Purple said. “It could have had a lot more impact.” 

Purple said the rates of residents making appointments has been slowing down. There were a number of available appointments as of May 4. 

Among those were slots at a special Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinic for individuals ages 16 and older, held on May 8. 

While the Regional Vaccination Clinic had been delivering hundreds of shots, none were available to younger teenagers, as the Moderna vaccine had not yet been cleared for use on individuals between the ages of 16 and 18 as of May 7.

As schools have begun to reopen, officials across the region are especially excited to get 16, 17 and 18-year-old students immunized through events like that May 8 Pfizer clinic.

Appointments are required at the Regional Vaccination Clinic and can be booked at https://home.color.com/vaccine/register/northborough.

Residents of participating communities, though, will now also be able to do walk-in appointments. Walk-in appointments for the Moderna vaccine are available this Thursday and Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. (no appointment required) at the DoubleTree Hotel (5400 Computer Dr., Westborough).