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FEMA Launches Mobile Vax Clinic At Bridgeport's Beardsley Zoo

FEMA's Mobile Vaccine Clinic at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.
Ebong Udoma
WSHU Public Radio
FEMA's Mobile Vaccine Clinic at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.

Connecticut’s efforts to get COVID-19 shots into the arms of residents in underserved communities got a boost on Monday. FEMA launched its first COVID-19 mobile vaccination clinic at Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.

Connecticut was selected by FEMA to be the first state in the country to receive one of these units. It consists of two mobile trailers with refrigeration to handle the vaccines.

Governor Ned Lamont said the clinic will be in the state for the next 60 days.

“The van is starting off in Bridgeport," Lamont said. "We are going to make sure nobody is left behind. Everyone who wants gets that opportunity.”

About 200 people got shots of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine during the first clinic at Beardsley Zoo.

The mobile clinic will go to a number of Bridgeport neighborhoods and then move to New Haven, where it will first be on the green.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.