WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Just over 5.3 million people are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 here in Massachusetts. This is because the state is experiencing a decline in new cases and admissions.
The recent downward trend is a hopeful sign for those working in healthcare, especially for workers in vaccine clinics. Like the one held at the West Springfield Elderly Center.
Cheyenne Slack of the Behavioral Health Network said: “It looks really hopeful, especially that half of the people who come in get their boosters. It shows that a lot of people have been vaccinated.”
The Behavioral Health Network has run a COVID and influenza vaccine clinic. Workers here told 22News that lots of people have come through the doors, following appointments and walk-ins to get their shots.
Hampden County is still slightly behind other counties in the state when it comes to vaccination rates. 22News spoke to a clinic employee who says vaccination is more important than ever, especially right here in Hamden County, to get more shots in more arms.
“I think there is still a lot of hesitation, which is completely understandable, but situations like these, where we can go out into the community, explain and provide heath skills. I think that’s so important,” said Maherah Shaikh, who studies medicine and volunteers at the West Springfield Clinic. “I think when people really understand and go through it, they’re like ‘it was not that bad’, it’s really trying to help the Hampden county rates that are so low. “
Individuals aged five years and older are eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The Behavioral Health Network is holding another clinic at the Elderly Center on Saturday, March 26th.
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