UPDATE: The FEMA clinics are using the Pfizer vaccine and will not be affected by the "pause" on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

NEW BEDFORD — The recently-created vaccination site on New Bedford’s waterfront will host a series of clinics this week for anyone who is currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

The former EPA dewatering facility on Hervey Tichon Avenue opened last week to provide vaccinations to those working in New Bedford’s seafood industry, under the administration of the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center. Last Saturday, that clinic vaccinated over 1,000 people.

This week, anyone currently eligible for a vaccine under state guidelines can make an appointment for one of three clinics planned this week at the site: Tuesday, April 13; Saturday, April 17; and Sunday, April 18. Hours on all three days will be 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The clinic is being administered by CIC Health as a FEMA vaccination clinic.

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To make an appointment, contact the New Bedford vaccination call center at (508) 984-2661 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Spanish and Portuguese speakers may make appointments through the Immigrants’ Assistance Center at (508) 996-8113.

The City of New Bedford says additional FEMA vaccination clinics are planned at the waterfront site and will be announced as soon as they are scheduled.

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