Anastasia E. Lennon reports on the occasion of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s tour of the New Bedford Waterfront Vaccination Center at 14 Hervey Tichon Avenue, scheduled to open later this month.The new waterfront site will handle at least 125 vaccinations per hour, according to the city, with the capacity to vaccinate 800 to 1,000 individuals per day. Fishing Partnership Navigators Deb Kelsey and Jenny Amaral are featured in the article. Kelsey says, “The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is ideal for commercial fishermen, many of whom have odd or unpredictable schedules.” Jenny Amaral shared that her partner is a ground fisherman who had to call to reschedule his second appointment because it did not fit with his fishing trip.”
Fishing Partnership has been awarded a second grant to assist Cape Cod fishing families with essential needs such as groceries, gas, utilities, childcare, auto loan and auto insurance payments, medical bills, rent, and for the first time since the pandemic began, mortgage payments. Disbursements of nearly $40,000 will be made through gift cards and direct vendor payments.
In this article by reporter Anastasia E. Lennon, Heidi Sulman, VP of Health Policy at Fishing Partnership explains why the nature of the job puts commercial fishermen in a tough position for getting vaccinated, “If they don’t work, they’re not getting paid.” Dan Orchard, VP and COO at Fishing Partnership adds, “most fishermen do not have reliable internet access at sea in order to schedule an appointment.”
Fishing Partnership Support Services is recognized by SavingSeafood.org for the timely launch of a website that provides vaccination resources for commercial fishermen on the date of March 22nd when commercial fishermen became eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Photo credit to Cape Cod Times.
Fishing Partnership Support Services [FPSS] has launched the program Narcan Training for Fishermen which shows why fishermen are at elevated risk for opioid overdose and how to administer Narcan (naloxone). View the videos and learn more about how Fishing Partnership works with partner organizations to save lives by distributing Narcan kits in New England and the Mid-Atlantic.
WBUR reports that more lobstermen in New England are wearing life jackets while they work. It’s thanks to a research project from The Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety. Over the past few years, researchers surveyed and recruited 181 lobstermen to test out different styles and used their feedback to redesign the jackets so that they worked for their needs. In all, the project distributed 1,087 new life jackets.
What Fishermen Are Saying
Fishing Partnership has had a major impact on my life. In these uncertain times in the fishing industry, having access to affordable health insurance is a great relief. Thank you, your efforts are much appreciated.
Edward D., Marblehead
A lot of fishermen and their families would be without health care if it were not for you guys. Keep up the good work.
Tom M., Hingham
We can’t thank Fishing Partnership enough for being there when we needed affordable quality health coverage.
Peter P., Gloucester
Fishing Partnership is the best thing that ever happened to fishermen. Without it, I wouldn’t know what to do about my doctor bills.
Antone S., New Bedford