Health Dept. volunteers pitch in for clinics

Submitted photo/DCHD Dorchester County Health Department staff members gathered for a photo during a recent COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Hyatt Resort.

CAMBRIDGE — As COVID-19 vaccines continue to arrive in Dorchester — slowly, and in insufficient amounts, officials say — Health Department staff have volunteered to work at vaccination clinics being held in meeting rooms donated by the Hyatt Resort.

A statement from the department last week said: “We want to express our gratitude for our staff members who volunteer at our COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics and thoughtful community members who have provided donations, including cute facial coverings and delicious baked goods. Our wonderful nurses worked to vaccinate despite the snowy conditions. Special shout out to Dr. Gawad and Dr. Bernard for dropping off yummy goodies and coffee to keep our clinic staff going!

“We also want to extend a huge thank you to Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay for allowing us to use their beautiful spaces for our vaccine clinics. “We are extremely grateful for the patience of our community members. Please note that if you have completed our COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Form, we have received your information. “We are working to improve the notification system. We are also stepping up our COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center in order to register more individuals for appointments over the phone. “Unfortunately, our local demand for vaccines simply exceeds our allocated supply. Our limited vaccine supply has substantially decreased the number of appointment slots we can offer.

“We want to vaccinate you as soon as possible and we are happy that you are eager to get vaccinated! Thanks again for your patience, understanding, and generosity. We simply couldn’t do it without you all. We are building back stronger, together.”