STC Member Lee Luety with Springbrook Nurse Jessica Weston

Above: Springbrook Manager of Nursing Services Jessica Weston gives STC Member Lee Leuty his first dose of the Moderna BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. 

Yesterday, Southern Tier Connect partnered with Springbrook and JM Murray to host a pop-up vaccine clinic in Cortland, NY, located at the STC office building on Route 281. Overall, 24 staff and 36 members were able to get their first dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. Several employees from Springbrook, STC, and JM Murray volunteered to make facilitating the clinic possible.

“What a wonderful day it was to see agencies work together in partnership through these unprecedented times to advocate and assist members in our rural communities,” said Carey Peters, assistant director of Southern Tier Connect’s western region. “It was exciting to be able to give our members access to the Covid-19 vaccine in a setting that is comfortable, familiar, and local. Having supports in place ensured the process was smooth and seamless, and getting to see all the smiles under the masks was the cherry on top of the sundae.”

Every day, Southern Tier Connect strives to provide our members and their families with the best care coordination services possible. As a small organization, we truly know and understand our region and each unique community within it. This vaccine clinic is just one of the reasons why with Southern Tier Connect, you have big reasons to go small. We aim to go above and beyond for our members in every way possible.

Next week, New York State is voting on a proposed budget cut of nearly 40% on the budget for CCOs like Southern Tier Connect. Please help us advocate against this extreme slash in funding that would put many people in our I/DD community at a terrible disadvantage.

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