Canton First Responders Receive Coronavirus Vaccine

Annie Sandoli

Canton, MA — Canton first responders began receiving the first dose of the Moderna vaccine on Tuesday as part of Phase I of the state's vaccine distribution plan.

Canton's regional vaccination clinic, located at the Canton Fire Department headquarters and coordinated by Director Barbara Reardon and Nurse Cindy Bonner of the Canton Board of Health, is scheduled to vaccinate approximately 65 firefighters and police officers this week, according to a news release from the fire department.

"Thanks to Canton BOH for stepping up and vaccinating Canton Fire and Canton Police," said Canton Fire Department in a Twitter post.

As of Thursday, Canton has had a total of 961 COVID-19 cases, with 176 reported in the two weeks leading up to Jan. 7. The city has an average daily incidence rate of 54.3 and a positivity rate of 6.2%, remaining in the "red zone", or the highest risk of virus transmission. Vaccinating Canton's first responders is a step towards decreasing the high number of positive cases the town is experiencing.

“I’d like to thank Director Barbara Reardon and Nurse Cindy Bonner for their work in securing the vaccine for Canton’s first responders and coordinating this clinic,” Emergency Management Director and Fire Chief Charles Doody said in a statement. “Though we know this pandemic is not over, a vaccine is a promising step that will help protect our first responders who continue to work on the front lines.”

This article originally appeared on the Canton Patch