KINGSTON — Early on, when there was confusion about where and when anyone could get a COVID-19 shot, the owners of Skin Esteem Med Spa and Wellness Center stepped up.
Dawn Naylor, a highly respected acute care nurse practitioner, and her husband Matt, an information systems specialist, opened the doors of the licensed medical clinic at 431 Country Club Way to vaccinate thousands of people over several weekends , even if it meant shutting down regular business. days.
Through her professional affiliations, Dawn secured and organized the administration of the vaccines while Matt created and managed all technical aspects of registration and record keeping.
On behalf of the City of Kingston, Fire Chief Mark Douglass presented the Naylors with a special fire helmet with a gold shield bearing the words “Chief of Clinic, Skin Esteem and Naylor” as a small token of appreciation during the March 22 meeting of the Council of Selectors.
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Matt Naylor said they were touched and honored by the unexpected invitation to be recognized by the city with the presentation.
“Kingston Fire Department was great when we ran the vaccination clinic last year,” he said. “It was just an amazing partnership throughout.”
The feeling was mutual.
Douglass said the Kingston Fire Department is proud to provide support to each of these clinics and to work collaboratively to reach a large portion of the homebound population.
During 15 clinics, from February 6, 2020 to early May, Dawn Naylor and more than 250 volunteers from surrounding communities under her direction administered more than 8,000 vaccines to citizens across the region.
“We hope this will continue to remind you how much your dedication, hard work and compassion have been and continue to be appreciated,” he said.
Matt Naylor said they were proud to shine a bright light at a dark time of uncertainty for the most vulnerable, including those with health conditions or fearful of COVID and those unable to drive to the Gillette Stadium or drive at all with few nearby places on the South Shore.
He said the Kingston Council on Aging had also helped their cause by establishing one of the first vaccination clinics in the area.
Above all, he said it was Dawn’s vast network of medical professionals, her good relationship with the state Department of Public Health, and her perseverance that made this possible.
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