ROXBURY – The queue leading to Whites Stadium in Roxbury went further than the eye could see, but people weren’t here to watch a football match. They came to be vaccinated.
Thesponsored by the City of Boston and the Boston Public Health Commission, took place on Saturday with an impressive turnout.
“You know we really want unvaccinated kids vaccinated because, you know, we want them to be safe in school,” said Boston Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Bisola Ojikut. The event consists of all COVID-19 vaccines. Those who got it also walked away with a $75 visa gift card.
There were games, prizes and school supplies and backpacks. Dorothy Stringer came with her whole family and walked away with a little extra support. “I am very proud. I’ve got the whole family ready,’ she smiled. Stringer got $100 for being the 50th person in line.
Her 14-year-old son Elijah Crosby says the gift cards go to the grocery store. “It helps a lot, especially now that there’s inflation and taxes and stuff,” Crosby said. “Seventy-five – it’s still, it’s still money, right? In the end, it can still help.”
Health officials say the event was important in making the vaccine more accessible and especially for parents with young children.
“If you look at the younger age groups, that’s where we have a lot of problems and concerns. In the 5 to 11 age group, less than 50% are fully vaccinated,” said Dr. Ojikut.
More than 600 people were vaccinated at the event.