Vaccine clinic held at Springfield Service Center Wednesday

Springfield, MA (6/29/2022) — A partnership between United Way of Pioneer Valley and the Massachusetts Department of Public health aims to promote the health of more Springfield residents.

As the pandemic pushes on, this partnership sought to ensure the equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for Springfield residents. A free clinic was held at the Springfield Service Center Wednesday and offered gift cards to Stop & Shop and CVS to those who came to get vaccinated.

The Service Center, located at 1441 Main Street, is powered by the United Way of Pioneer Valley and is always working to support community members. This vaccination clinic was the latest effort to ensure that vaccines are being distributed among those most in need.

“We have the best community outreach so that everyone has the equity and inclusivity that we’re really able to touch everybody to really promote the vaccine awareness as well as for our food insecurity as well,” said Walter Rice, Community Engagement Director at the United Way of Pioneer Valley.

“We are thrilled to help our community reach our goals of vaccine awareness and equality. We are very thankful to be partnering with Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Cataldo Ambulance, towards addressing health and wellness of our clients and community. Please come and get a vaccine, and/or booster, and receive gift cards,” said Paul Mina, President and CEO of the United Way of Pioneer Valley.

According to the Public Health Institute of Massachusetts, the total amount of individuals within Hampden County with at least one vaccine dose stands at about 74 percent. This initiative aimed to raise that percentage.


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