State COVID-19 vaccine bus coming to Chicopee and Springfield Monday

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A second round of vaccinations onboard the VaxBus is taking place across the state.

COVID-19 cases are rising again in Massachusetts, and getting the vaccine is easier than ever before. The VaxBus is on the move, as the rolling mobile vaccination unit helps to increase access to the COVID vaccines across the state. It was parked outside Raymond Jordan Senior Center in Springfield Monday before heading over to Chicopee.

The VaxBus has traveled to more than a dozen communities which began last month. The shots are administered on the bus, and no appointment is needed.

“We are trying to make it as convenient as possible to get these vaccinations,” said Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. “I tell these people all the time, it’s good for you, it’s good for your family, it’s good for your community.”

Over 60 percent of Massachusetts residents are fully vaccinated but the state continues to find ways to help make the shots accessible. More than 80 percent of adults in Massachusetts have gotten at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. The state’s push for more people to get vaccinated comes as cases of the highly contagious Delta variant sweep across Massachusetts.

Aside from the vaccination bus, the Caring Health Center in Springfield has just surpassed 13,0000 vaccinations.

Tania Barber, president, and CEO of the center told 22News, “We are pretty excited about that. We have only had this site up for less than a year. We started in March and to vaccinate that amount of people is amazing.”

Residents who get vaccinated during the VaxBus Tour will be entered into a giveaway for select TD Garden concert tickets, including Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin, The Weeknd, and the Kiss 108 Jingle Ball. The Vaxbus will continue through the beginning of August.

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