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Boston’s COVID-19 Vax Clinic for Students Offers $75 Gift Cards

BOSTON, MA — A COVID-19 vaccination clinic scheduled for this weekend in Boston will provide protection against new omicron variants and a few other valuable benefits, according to the Boston Public Health Commission.

The Saturday B A Healthy Back to School event at White Stadium in Franklin Park will offer COVID-19 vaccines as the coronavirus appears to be on the rise in Boston — and with a relatively low citywide vaccination rate for people under 12. COVID-19 cases typically spike in the colder months — and with returning students huddled in classrooms.

According to the health commission, levels of COVID-19 in the city’s sewage have increased by about 75% in the past two weeks. Boston’s overall vaccination rate is about 75%, but is only about 50% for those ages 5 to 11 and 5% for residents under age 5.

Saturday’s clinic will offer Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, as well as bivalent boosters that have been updated to combat new omicron variants. The event will also include medical advice for parents. COVID-19 vaccines are available for any child over 6 months.

“We understand that parents may still have reservations about vaccinating their children, so this event gives them the opportunity to ask questions and get information from trusted healthcare professionals,” the commissioner said. to public health, Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, in a press release.

That’s not all. Any child who gets vaccinated on Saturday will receive a $75 gift card. There will also be free food and music, and the health commission will distribute backpacks to students.

Saturday’s event at White Stadium, 450 Walnut Ave., runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.