Springfield firefighters serving as volunteer COVID-19 vaccinators

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Edited News Release/KY3) – The Springfield Fire Department and IAFF Resident 152 are partnering with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department to bring the COVID-19 vaccine to as lots of Springfield-Greene County citizens as possible.

Springfield firemens who are certified lifesaver (Emergency medical technicians) will function as volunteer vaccinators at a number of upcoming vaccine occasions, consisting of ones at the Library Center, Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park and the Fire Department’s 2nd Station house Enjoyable Day and Vaccine Center 1-5 p.m. Friday, June 4 at Station House 8, 1405 S. Scenic. Check out vaccine417.com for a total list.

“We are grateful for this partnership with the Fire Department and IAFF Local 152 to bring vaccine to where people are,” stated Katie Towns, acting director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.

Those who got their very first dosage of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at the Fire Department’s May 7 vaccine occasion at Station house 8 can get their 2nd dosage at the June 4 occasion if they want.

While moms and dads are getting their vaccine, kids can communicate with firemens, see a fire engine up close, color in Springfield Fire Department coloring books, embellish the station house’s pathways with chalk and work on a house emergency exit strategy.

“These are exactly the kinds of events we need to have in order to encourage more people to get vaccinated,” stated Mayor Ken McClure. “We are grateful for our partnership with the Fire Department and the IAFF Local 152.

Registration on Missouri’s Vaccine Navigator website is not required but is suggested.

“Our first vaccine clinic at Station 8 was a success, with 111 vaccines administered. We want to continue to remove 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,” stated Fire Chief David Pennington. “Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19.”

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

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.