Springfield Fire Department hosts family-friendly COVID-19 vaccine event

Updated: May. 6, 2021 at 4:53 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Edited News Release/KY3) - To help the community reach the goal to vaccinate 50% of eligible Greene County residents by Memorial Day, the Springfield Fire Department and Firefighters Local 152 are partnering with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department to offer a Fire Station Fun Day and Vaccine Clinic.

It runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at Fire Station 8, 1405 S. Scenic.

“We want to remove any barriers for folks who may be intimidated by the medical environment or need a safe and fun place for their young children to be while they get vaccinated,” said Fire Chief David Pennington. “Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from this disease and will help our community return to a state of normalcy.”

While parents are getting their vaccine, children can interact with firefighters, see a fire truck up close, color in Springfield Fire Department coloring books, decorate the fire station’s sidewalks with chalk and work on a home fire escape plan.

“This is teamwork from several people,” said Springfield Fire Division Chief Eric Latimer. “From partners across the community and as community members. We’re asking community members to be apart of this and get the vaccine.”

Registration is not required. Anyone (with or without children) eligible for the vaccine can stop by Fire Station 8 and receive their choice of either the Moderna two-shot vaccine or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those who receive the first dose of the Moderna vaccine will receive instructions on when and where they can receive their second dose. Vaccines will be administered by firefighters trained as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or paramedics.

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department says 33% of people in the country are fully vaccinated, with 39% of people having at least one dose.

”We are doing our best here at the health department to reach individuals who otherwise wouldn’t have access to the vaccine,” said Sean Barnhill with Springfield-Greene County Health Department. “We’re setting up outreach events especially with the park board and library to reach those rural areas where the vaccine is less prominent.”

For questions about the vaccine, call the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s COVID-19 hotline at (417) 874-1211.

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