Springfield COVID Council meeting addresses pediatric, booster shots

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Springfield held their weekly COVID-19 response meeting Tuesday night, their first since kids aged 5-11 became eligible for the Pfizer shot.

The focus of Tuesday’s meeting was the status of both pediatric vaccines and booster shots being distributed in the city. Springfield is still lagging behind on the national average for vaccination.

The Medical Director of Baystate General Pediatrics spoke at Tuesday’s meeting, assuring that the shots for kids are safe and effective. While the city’s Health & Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris urged residents to get their booster shots.

“We are not going to turn away anyone who is requesting a booster because we are not specifically asking their health status,” said Caulton-Harris.

Caulton-Harris also noted the city of Springfield’s vaccine clinics are currently using the Moderna shot, and as of right now they can’t serve those ages 5 to 11.

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