COVID-19 Code Red
October 28, 2021
Good evening, this is Jayme Stevenson with a final COVID-19 update as your First Selectman. From the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 1,734 cases from 1,088 unique households. Our last hospitalization was reported in March of this year. Darien’s weekly positivity rate is 0.13. 91% of eligible residents are fully vaccinated and 98% have had at least one dose. There continues to be a significant decline in reported cases both town wide and in our schools.
Pediatric dose Pfizer vaccine has been approved for children ages 5-11. The Darien Health Department will be holding first-dose clinics for our kids in the Town Hall gymnasium on November 13th and 20th. Second dose clinics will be held on December 4th and 11th. Darien Public Schools will be managing student vaccine appointments.
The CDC recommends vaccine boosters for people 65 and older, residents in long-term care settings, people aged 50-64 with underlying medical conditions and people aged 18-64 who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission. According to the CDC, it is acceptable to mix and match boosters from different vaccine manufacturers. We recommend you consult your personal physician when making decisions about booster vaccines.
The Town will be holding Moderna booster vaccine clinics in the Town Hall gymnasium on Tuesday’s beginning November 9th. Seniors can call the Darien Health (203-656-7320) or Human Service (203-656-7328) Departments to make an appointment. Non-seniors must make your appointment on-line through the state’s Vaccine Management System (https://covidvaccinefinder.ct.gov) . Seasonal flu vaccine will also be available at the booster clinics. COVID-19 boosters are free but seasonal flu shots cost $40 payable by cash, check, ConnectiCare insurance or Medicare Part B.
Please vote on November 2nd.
I wish you a safe, fun and joy-filled Halloween and holiday season.
It has been a privilege of a lifetime to serve as your First Selectman for the past 10 years. I’m deeply grateful for that honor.