News Feature

Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, November 18, 2021
How Bridget Brophy got shots into hundreds of arms

Vaccination clinic at the Island Community Center

Donna brewer, left, and Wilda eaton sign people in to the eighth Stonington pop-up clinic on November 15. Hundreds of people on the Island have gotten vaccinated at the clinics, organized by Deputy Town Clerk Bridget Brophy. Northern Light Home Care & Hospice provided the vaccine and support.

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by Leslie Landrigan

The town held its eighth vaccination clinic at the Island Community Center on November 15, offering booster and flu shots provided by Northern Light Home Health & Hospice.

Stonington’s deputy town clerk, Bridget Brophy, organized all the clinics. She made at least a thousand telephone calls to bring people in to them, according to Donna Brewer, select board chair and a clinic volunteer. “She has gotten a lot of people vaccinated,” Brewer said after the last clinic.

Brophy estimated that more than 700 shots had been given since the first clinic, and she praised the local volunteers who made them happen.

“I’ve had volunteers coming out of the woodwork,” Brophy said.

Karen Vickerson, one of the Memorial Ambulance Corps volunteers at the November 15 clinic, had high praise for Brophy.

“This is above and beyond all the other work the girl has to do,” Vickerson said.

During the most recent clinic, Brophy called Billings Diesel & Marine to urge them to send employees over. She even texted people she knew to get them into the clinic.

“She has knocked herself out,” Vickerson said.