SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts vaccination mobile bus is making its way through western Massachusetts.
“The bus speaks for itself, it’s a lovely bus and it draws interest and when you draw interest, you draw people in. That’s half the battle and then hopefully we can get them vaccinated,” Michael Patterson from Yankee Coach busses told 22News.
The state’s mobile vaccination busses are traveling from west to east and stopped in Springfield and Chicopee on Monday. The bus will be at the Raymond Jordan senior center from 9:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. and Chicopee from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Lucy Wisniowski Memorial Park, and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at J. Polep Distribution.
“We want to reach out to the community. maybe people who can’t get out to the CVS or the infrastructure where the vaccines are taking place, making it more accessible, trying to get those who haven’t had a change to get out,” Patterson continued.
The bus is stopping in 23 communities, including those that are a part of the vaccine equity initiative and ones with lower-than-average vaccination rates. Hampden county has the lowest vaccination rate in the entire state out of all the counties.
“Some communities have had a great number of opportunities to be vaccinated and others not so many. So we just want it to be that everyone in Massachusetts has the safe opportunity to be vaccinated,” said Maureen Patterson who runs mobile vaccination logistics and registration for the vax bus.
People between 12 and 17 get the Pfizer vaccine. All those 18 and older get the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. For the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, the bus will tour again from July 17th to August 5th.
Not only is the vax bus ADA accessible but it’s also been custom outfitted so they have the space they need to administer vaccines.
The bus will travel to West Springfield on Tuesday at Alice Corson Park from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The vaccine is free, no appointment is required and those who get vaccinated on the vax bus are entered into a giveaway to win concert tickets for the KISS 108 Jingle Ball, Enrique Iglesias, or The Weeknd.