Mega Vaccine Site at SHU

WRCH radio morning show personality Michael Stacy hasn’t seen his work colleagues in more than a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

He’s hoping that will change after getting his COVID-19 shot at the new St. Vincent’s Medical Center vaccine clinic at Sacred Heart University, which opened Wednesday in Fairfield.

“I’m excited,” Stacy said as he waited to get vaccinated. “Like a lot of people I’ve been home, I might sometimes go to the grocery store, but I’d like to get back into a more normal life. I really miss the people.”

Stacy, who was born at St. Vincent’s and attended Sacred Heart, wasn’t the only one excited at the grand opening press conference. WTNN, News 8, Chief Political Anchor Dennis House said he was never a big fan of needles, but he had a mild case of COVID-19 and his attitude about vaccines has changed.

“I think the vaccine is going to be excellent,” said House before he was vaccinated. “I encourage you all to get it.”

The Sacred Heart mega site is Hartford HealthCare’s latest vaccine mega clinic to open its doors. For a full listing, click here.

Hartford HealthCare Fairfield Region President Vince DiBattista said the vaccine clinic is the latest way St. Vincent’s Medical Center and its partners are combatting coronavirus, which hit Fairfield County hard last year.

“It’s appropriate that we are starting this vaccine clinic at the former headquarters of GE, and for those of you who remember their slogan — ‘We bring good things to life’ — that’s exactly what we are looking to do here by providing vaccinations and being part of the national focus on combating this pandemic,” DiBattista said.

Sacred Heart University President and HHC Fairfield Region Board Chair John Petillo, PhD, said Sacred Heart and Hartford HealthCare share common missions when it comes to serving the community, and the vaccine clinic is just another example of that.

Fairfield County First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchik said “this is a huge, huge resource for the community.”

Rodney Davis, 22, St. Vincent’s first COVID patient, is a firsthand example of community need, and he was on hand to spread a message of positivity and hope.

“They (St. Vincent’s) saved my life,” Davis said. “And they saved the lives of others.”