Health Committee Meeting

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Council Chamber

Convened: 5:50 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:27 P.M.

Konstantina B. Lukes


Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford

Committee Members

Chairperson Frederick C Rushton
Councilor Gary Rosen
Councilor Joffrey A Smith

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts

Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Frederick C Rushton Councilor Gary Rosen Councilor Joffrey A Smith
Also:Commissioner HHS Dr. Leonard Morse
Acting Director HHS James Gardiner
Director of Public Health Derek Brindisi
UMass-Worcester Representative Robin Clark
City Clerk David J. Rushford, Clerk



Regarding the Chairman's Orders previously voted concerning identifying radon levels, testing measures and status in relation to city-owned buildings and those under the jurisdiction of the Worcester Public Schools.


The Committee was briefed concerning the City's efforts at raising awareness concerning the prevalence of radon and the opportunities available to identify its presence and containment.


Regarding various measures involving inoculations.


Regarding Emergency Preparedness Efforts:

The Committee heard from representatives of the health community involved in the Community Immunity Day mass inoculation program scheduled for Saturday, October 13, 2007. 10,000 doses have been committed by MAXIM and shall be available at the two locations in the City; @ the Forest-Grove Middle School and the ALL. Additional doses may be brought to the City from Springfield and Natick if the demand is realized during the day.

The cost to each individual is $26 payable in cash or via health insurance coverage. For those people who cannot afford the cost, the City shall cover in the amount of $11 for each dose.

Collaborative efforts have been made between many partners including the private for-profit vendor, the City of Worcester and UMass Medical Center.