SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A second state-sponsored COVID-19 testing site opened Monday in Springfield and will stick to their schedule, despite the weather.
According to Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, the site is located at Springfield’s Technology Park at 1 Federal Street. The site is open Monday to Friday from noon to 8 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“Another site so good, so more people can have more access to getting tested, and it’s just a crazy pandemic right now,” said Sanai Thompson of East Longmeadow.
The indoor walk-through test site is available to all Massachusetts residents, even if you have no COVID symptoms. Residents are encouraged to get tested to help stop the spread. Pre-registration is required and a time slot for your appointment.
The site will also reportedly have some capacity to administer COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, which will also require pre-registration.
“This regional site is open to everyone, but more importantly, this site is located in the heart of the Black and Latino community which combined make up about two-thirds of the city’s population. The general public will not only be able to get tested but can get their vaccines and booster shots at the site as well,” says Representative Bud L. Williams. “I want to thank Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders for their immediate response in following through on this.”
The site was created to provide much-needed relief to the AMR testing site at the Eastfield Mall, which has become very busy in recent weeks, many having to wait as long as four hours for a test.
“It’s very important because it creates more opportunities and less congestion. I’ve been to the Eastfield Mall and I waited three hours. It was very hectic,” said Kevon Thompson of East Longmeadow.
“The goal of the Black Springfield Covid-19 Coalition is to reduce COVID-19 infections, morbidity, and mortality among Asian, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other people of color in our hardest hit cities and towns, as well as to support education and awareness of vaccination efforts in Massachusetts,” states Black Springfield Covid-19 Coalition Chairman Reverend J.P. Morgan. “We celebrate a victory today because this second site provides convenient access for the people of color that reside here in Springfield.”
It wasn’t too busy when 22News was there Monday afternoon but officials hope that will change once word gets out.