WORCESTER – Roll up your sleeve, get a COVID-19 jab and earn a $75 gift card for your troubles.
That is the message from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as it rolls out “Get Boosted” clinics in some areas of Massachusetts including Worcester.
The goal is to boost vaccine access in the state's 20 vaccine equity communities, identified by the state Department of Public Health as hardest-hit by COVID-19 due to social and economic factors. Worcester is one of the 20 communities.
Communities with the lowest booster rates and highest populations of Black, Indigenous and people of color are also targeted by the program.
All family members, including children, can get a gift card at the time of vaccination for a first, second or booster dose. Only participating Get Boosted clinics offer the reward cards.
The Worcester clinics will be held at three locations: The YMCA Central Branch, 766 Main St., from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 12, 19; the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 3, 10, 17; and the Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church, 55 Illinois St., Dec. 9, time to be announced.
Children 6 months to 4 years old can get a COVID-19 vaccine and anyone 5 and older can get the vaccine or updated booster.
No appointment is necessary, but some locations may encourage registration. Vaccines and boosters are free and no identification or health insurance is needed.
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