Boston hosts free back-to-school COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Franklin Park

The Boston Public Health Commission and CIC Health are kicking off the school year by hosting a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Franklin Park.

The “B Healthy: Back to School” event started at 11 a.m. Saturday at White Stadium and was initially scheduled to continue until 3 p.m., but it was extended until 5 p.m. after reaching maximum capacity at about 2 p.m.

The clinic provided COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots to children 6 months and older, teachers and other members of the community.

“The primary purpose of the event is really to promote vaccination amongst kids, particularly those who are school-aged,” said Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Boston’s public health commissioner. “Here in Boston amongst children aged 5 to 11, less than 50 percent have been fully vaccinated and we’ve really seen stark racial and ethnic disparities. So what we’re trying to do is ensure that everyone knows the vaccines are effective, safe and free, and we’re hoping that parents and caregivers will choose to get their kids vaccinated.”

The B Healthy: Back To School event featured many family-focused activities, including games and backpack giveaways. Food was provided along with a $75 gift card per vaccination while supplies lasted.

Anyone under the age of 18 needed to have consent from a guardian.