Boston Public Health is organizing a free vaccination event on Saturday where a $75 gift card will be given to anyone who gets a shot.
The “B Healthy Back-to-School” event will take place at White Stadium in Franklin Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. when students return to their classes. According to health officials, they want to promote childhood immunization, support a healthy school year, and enhance equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.
Free games, music, and refreshments are also available to attendees. Additionally, commission members will distribute backpacks to families and youngsters in preparation for the upcoming school year.

Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, asserted that vaccinations are the best defense against the virus’s severe sickness, complications, and hospitalization in youngsters.

In a statement, she added, “We understand that parents may still be hesitant about vaccinating their children, so this event allows them the chance to ask concerns and acquire information from dependable healthcare professionals.”

During the clinic, you can purchase the “bivalent” boosters from Pfizer and Moderna that the US Food and Drug Administration approved on September 1. According to the commission, the enhancement offers defense against both more recent Omicron variants and dated COVID-19 strains.

The commission has authorized the use of the boosters in individuals aged 12 and older who have already finished a primary series of one of the approved vaccinations and are two months removed from their most recent primary or booster.

The partnership with BPHC to immunize young residents in Boston has been welcomed by CIC Health President Rachel Wilson as the firm is delighted.

“This family-focused event intends to make it fun and easy for families in our community to learn about the vaccine, get immunized, and prevent the spread of COVID-19 among school-age children, teachers, and staff members returning to the classroom,” Wilson stated in a release.

Boston’s COVID-19 community risk, according to health experts, is minimal, and 74% of city residents have received all recommended vaccinations. But over the past two weeks, virus levels in wastewater have surged by 76%.

According to the commission, the rate has increased to 650 COVID-19 RNA copies per mL, and this rise raises the possibility of a similar increase in cases and hospital admissions in the upcoming weeks.

According to the commission, 48 percent of Boston children aged 5 to 11 have received all recommended vaccinations, including 74% of white, 71% AAPI, 36% Latinx, and 30% Black children.