Free COVID-19 tests and vaccines held at Allen Park apartments in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Black Springfield COVID-19 Coalition held a free COVID-19 test and vaccine clinic on Tuesday.

Organizers told 22News it’s all about education and access to the vaccine, so clinics are being brought right to people’s homes. Tuesday’s vaccination clinic was held at the Allen Park Apartment Complex in Springfield. It was hosted by the Black Springfield COVID-19 pandemic coalition and their mission is to educate and offer the vaccine to as many people as possible.

So they’ve hosted a number of vaccination and testing clinics throughout the city of Springfield.

“We are trying to get people out to be vaccinated for COVID-19 of course,” said Sylvia Bethea, manager. “We are trying to go to the people so that they will be comfortable with getting shots in their environment.”

Despite vaccination efforts, in Hampden County 57 percent of eligible people have been vaccinated, the lowest percentage in the state, and in Hampshire County, 61 percent have been vaccinated, the 3rd lowest in the state. Sixty percent have been vaccinated in both Franklin and Berkshire counties.

In total, over 4.3 million have been vaccinated in Massachusetts.

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