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COVID-19: Relatives are welcome at Dartmouth College vaccine clinics

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 4/28/2021 8:52:45 PM
Modified: 4/28/2021 8:52:44 PM

HANOVER — The COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Dartmouth College next week will be open to family members of Dartmouth students, staff and faculty regardless of where they reside, college officials announced.

The hope is that the clinics will help get the college and community up to the 70% to 90% vaccination rate that is necessary to achieve herd immunity, Provost Joe Helble said during a virtual community conversation on Wednesday.

“We are not yet there on our campus,” Helble said.

As of Wednesday, just 12% of Dartmouth undergraduates have uploaded vaccination records indicating to college officials that they’ve been vaccinated, Helble said. That’s well below the more than 30% of students at Tuck School of Business and Geisel School of Medicine, he noted.

Increasing vaccination rates is “essential” to expanding the number of in-person activities the college can offer, Helble said.

The clinics, which are scheduled for next Wednesday and Thursday, will likely offer the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and a limited number of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen doses, according to a Tuesday message to the community from Dr. Lisa Adams and Josh Keniston, co-chairs of Dartmouth’s COVID-19 Task Force.

The clinics are slated to offer the Pfizer vaccine from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the evenings from 5:35 to 7:30 p.m., the message said.

Appointments, which are required, are open only to those 18 and older who have not yet received their first COVID-19 vaccine.

The deadline to sign up for the clinics is this Thursday at 11:59 p.m. Dependents, partners and household members can sign up at https://dartgo.org/vaxregfam, while Dartmouth students, staff and faculty can sign up at http://dartgo.org/vaxappt.

In the meantime, rates of cases of COVID-19 have returned to the low levels previously seen at the college in the fall, Helble said. As of Wednesday, there were seven active cases at Dartmouth, including four students and three employees. Twenty people were in quarantine or isolation.

CHaD fundraiser to include in-person element

LEBANON — The Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s CHaD Hero fall fundraiser is set to include an in-person 5K.

Most of the 16th annual event, for which registration began Wednesday, will take place virtually from Sept. 19-26, but the 5K will take place in person in Hanover on Sept. 26, as long as health guidelines allow it, according to the event website.

Last year’s event was held virtually in October due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, the event aims to raise $530,000 to support children receiving care at CHaD’s 13 locations around New Hampshire and Vermont.

Registration is online at https://www.chadkids.org/events.

White River Junction GrowTeam seeks members

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — One of the Skinny Pancake’s ShiftMeals GrowTeams will be sowing seeds this summer near George Ratcliffe Park in partnership with The Center for Transformational Practice, according to a news release.

The White River Junction team is one of five the Burlington-based restaurant chain is co-hosting around the state this year.

The ShiftMeals initiative began last year in response to the pandemic. It has since served over 100,000 meals and helped to launch the statewide Everyone Eats program, which serves its millionth meal this week.

The GrowTeams are open to all community members, but the program is specifically aimed at restaurant workers and those who are Black, Indigenous and people of color.

The White River Junction team members are asked to commit to two to four hours of work per week from May through October, and have the ability to complete tasks such as weeding, seeding, transplanting and harvesting.

For more information or to sign up, visit https://shiftmeals.org/join-our-grow-team/.

Nora Doyle-Burr can be reached at ndoyleburr@vnews.com or 603-727-3213.




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