Milford Mayor Sean Strub was happy to announce another opportunity for a Moderna first vaccine at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall on Wednesday, May 12, with the follow-up shot on Wednesday, May 26. Call 570-253-8197 for an appointment.
At Milford’s first clinic, 150 slots were taken in just a few days. It “went really well,” said Strub. “Lots of people took signs after getting vaccinated.” He meant the signs, created with help from the Milford Covid Relief Fund, featuring a repurposed Rosie the Riveter and messages like “Let’s vax Pike County” and “This home is vaxxed to the maxx!”
“Research shows that what makes those ‘vaccine reluctant’ decide to get vaccinated is more influenced by their neighbors than by seeing celebrities get vaccinated on TV or national political and public health figures,” Strub said. “So the signs make it visible that one’s neighbors have gotten vaccinated.”
Strub and others are passing around a letter, signed by vaccinated advocates, explaining how vaccination is key to ending the pandemic and avoiding more shutdowns.
Strub and Dr. Doug Manion, an infectious disease specialist who has been supplying local residents with information on Zoom throughout the pandemic, went on the radio three times in the past week. They are working on a giant “thermometer” showing vaccination progress in the community. It will be placed at the corner in front of the Community House, in the middle of the borough.
“Our vaccination effort is very much focused on the whole county, not just the borough,” Strub said. At Milford’s first clinic last month, only a small percentage were from the borough, and about half from zip code 18337, he said. “The full-page letter is signed by people from all over the county, the Rosie the Riveter going all over the county as well.”