SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A webinar Tuesday on the FOCUS SPRINGFIELD website provided information about COVID-19 vaccine awareness and access for city residents.
Local and state health experts discussed the vaccine’s development and addressed concerns about the health risks and side effects as well as the state’s roll out plan.
Another topic involved the continued disparity of access to testing and vaccine in underserved communities.
“For the citizens of Springfield who want to use science, data, information to guide decision making,” said Helen Caulton-Harris, the city’s health commissioner. “Vax Force is not telling you to get vaccinated. We are simply wanting to give the information so people can make credible decisions.”
They also reviewed two new public health campaigns:
The webinar was sponsored by Mason Square C-3.
You can find more information on the state’s response to COVID-19, including testing and vaccine sites, and a dashboard with community information on the website.