By Stuart Foster, Contributing Writer
MARLBOROUGH – Mayor Arthur Vigeant announced planned COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Marlborough’s Food Truck and Arts Festival and Brazilian Festival during a presentation to the City Council on Aug. 23.
Additionally, he said there would also be two additional vaccination clinics in the city’s schools when the school year begins.
“We’re hoping we can get a little bit of a run and get a few more people vaccinated, but we’ve actually been in pretty good shape,” Vigeant said.
Vigeant said that, according to state records, 65 percent of Marlborough residents were fully vaccinated while 70 percent had at least one dose as of Aug. 23.
He said that there were 40 active cases of COVID-19 in Marlborough, which was consistent with what had been seen in the past few weeks. There was one individual being treated at Marlborough Hospital.
“The cases that are out there are not making it to the hospital level,” Vigeant said.
Vigeant said testing at the Marlborough Hospital has continued and is available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., with translation available if necessary. He also said that testing through Walgreen’s is available by appointment.
Vigeant said that most demographics of the city had similar vaccination rates, specifically noting that Marlborough’s immigrant population had similar vaccination statistics compared to the city as a whole.
“The only [demographic] that’s lagging behind a little bit are the 20 to 30-year-olds,” Vigeant said.
Vigeant said that he hoped vaccine clinics at the upcoming festivals would help more people in that age bracket get vaccinated.