Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment announced that it has become the location of a large-scale COVID-19 community vaccination center for its flagship Uncasville, Connecticut based Mohegan Sun asset.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, the Mohegan Tribe, and Yale New Haven Health System opened the clinic late last week in a continued attempt to address public health needs related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
James Gessner, chairman of the Mohegan Tribe explained: “The Mohegan Tribe has a long-held philosophy of cooperation and working together with our neighbours, and throughout this pandemic we have practiced those values each and every day.
“Whether it meant temporarily shutting down operations entirely, installing new state-of-the-art safety technology, distributing PPE to healthcare partners, or helping provide community COVID testing, Mohegan is working hard to help Connecticut manage this crisis.
“Now, the next step in that work will be serving as a hub in south-eastern Connecticut for the state’s vaccination efforts. We are proud to continue to help serve our community, and eager to help Connecticut get as many state residents vaccinated as quickly as possible.”
Earth Expo and Convention Center
The website, which launched on Friday 19 February, will run on an appointment-only basis, weather permitting, located at the Mohegan Sun’s Earth Expo and Convention Center.
Individuals aged 65 and over are eligible for vaccination under the current process of the Connecticut vaccination program and will soon extend to include further eligible classes.
“This latest mass vaccination site shows the coordinated effort our state is making with our tribal partners, and our partners in healthcare,” Lamont said.
“The Mohegan Tribe has taken incredible steps throughout the pandemic to keep its members and residents safe through standing up testing sites, the distribution of PPE, and coordination with the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
“We will get through this pandemic by working together, especially in vaccine distribution, and that’s exactly what this site represents.”
The clinic is said to have served up to 300 Connecticut residents on the first day of operations, with the prospect of increasing vaccine distribution based on availability.
Patrick Green, president and CEO of L+M Healthcare, added: “We are excited to provide more COVID-19 vaccinations to the residents in south-eastern Connecticut.
“The Mohegan Sun community vaccine site is yet another extension of the remarkable partnership between our organisations to prioritise the health and wellness of the communities we serve.
“Our teams have been working around the clock to streamline the vaccination process to accommodate as many people as we can. It is a privilege to be in a position where we can open another community vaccination site along with our Mohegan colleagues.”