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COVID-19 vaccination clinic held at Forest Park Zoo

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — The Springfield Behavioral Health Network gets to work ahead of Monday’s return to school, getting as many children vaccinated against COVID-19 as possible.

Staff from the Behavioral Health Network joined staff at Forest Park Zoo on Saturday to provide protection from the COVID-19 virus for children returning to school. They administered the first, second or booster dose of the vaccine.

Saturday’s clinic in Forest Park is by no means the only clinic in town operating in all of Springfield. The Springfield Department of Health and Human Services, the Caring Health Center and the Gandara Clinic are also part of this COVID protection network.

Parents throughout the Pioneer Valley have taken advantage of this inoculation for their children. Wilbraham’s Stephanie Hodges told 22News: “Today we came to Forest Park Zoo to have my daughter vaccinated for the first time. She just turned five this summer, so we finally had the chance to get her vaccinated. It’s very exciting.”

Next weekend, the Stone Soul Festival in Blunt Park will provide a golden opportunity for more children to get their shots. Stone Soul is one of Springfield’s busiest celebrations and it will be the site of a COVID-19 vaccination clinic throughout its iconic gathering.