Marlborough Hospital expands vaccine program, decreases COVID-19 testing

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Marlborough Hospital

By Dakota Antelman, Managing Editor

MARLBOROUGH – Marlborough Hospital is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination offerings while shrinking its testing operation. 

Announcing the news May 4, Executive Vice President of Development, Marketing and Communications Ellen Carlucci discussed the hospital’s outlook on what is a complex moment within the pandemic. 

“It certainly is busy during these crazy times and we continue to adapt and adjust depending on the needs and demands,” she wrote in an email. 

Marlborough Hospital has been vaccinating patients at the city’s Courtyard Marriott for over two months. Now it’s adding two days of extended hours, accepting walk-in appointments, and offering second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to people who got their first dose at a different location. 

Across town, the Stop the Spread coronavirus testing site at the New England Sports center will restrict its hours to run on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. through 12 p.m. This is because of a decrease in testing volume at the facility that has processed thousands of tests dating back to last year, Carlucci said. 

As of May 7, Marlborough had seen 4,743 individuals test positive according to the city’s weekly updates. That represents more than 10 percent of the city’s entire population.

Recently though, municipalities across Massachusetts have seen a dropoff in new cases as vaccines proliferate.

Get the latest on coronavirus vaccinations at Marlborough Hospital by visiting https://www.ummhealth.org/marlborough-hospital, clicking the “Learn More” banner at the top of the page, and selecting “Vaccination Information.”