SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Springfield’s Department of Health & Human
Services will offer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster shot for eligible residents beginning Tuesday, November 9.
22News spoke with one local resident who received her booster shot. Adrienne Smith told us, “I think it’s important that we all be vaccinated if not to protect ourselves, but to protect others. So when I had this opportunity to get the booster shot, I thought let me just jump on this and get this done, my husband and I are going on vacation at the end of this month so I wanted to get it done before we go on vacation.”
A booster clinic will be held Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the month of November at St. Johns Congregational Church, 45 Hancock Street in Springfield. There will not be clinics Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11, 2021 and Thursday November 25, 2021 due to Thanksgiving.
“I think this is a great idea, I just hope there are more people that come out today and get their shots because it’s very important to them and to the community,” said Melvin McLaurin, who received his booster shot Tuesday.
Eligible residents can register for an appointment to receive their Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, and/or their 1st or 2nd COVID-19 vaccine shot, and/or their Flu (Influenza) vaccine shot at this link.
Springfield Health & Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris told 22News she hopes that by offering all three options the city’s vaccination rate will go up.
“It’s difficult to say why we received that spike but what we know is the majority of the individuals who had a positive COVID case were under the age of 3,” Caulton-Harris said.
The Health and Human services Department will continue the booster clinic through December.