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New Bedford to open waterfront vaccination center next week with focus on seafood industry workers

New Bedford Vaccination Site

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.” 

More Help On The Way To Struggling Fishing Families

Cape Cod Fund

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.

Vaccinating New Bedford’s Fishing Workforce is a Tall Task

New Bedford Boats

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 Expands Successful Narcan Program


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.

A Growing Number Of New England Lobstermen Wear Life Jackets

Steve Holler

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.

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