FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Springfield Fire Department and the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 152 are again partnering with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department to offer two Fire Station Fun Day and Vaccine Clinics 3-5 p.m. Monday, June 21 at Fire Station 1, 720 E. Grand near the Missouri State University campus in the Phelps Grove neighborhood, and 3-5 p.m., Wednesday, June 30 at Fire Station 5, 2750 W. Kearney, in the Tom Watkins neighborhood.
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.
Registration on Missouri’s Vaccine Navigator website is not required but is suggested. Anyone (with or without children) eligible for the vaccine can stop by either fire station and receive their choice of the Pfizer or Moderna two-dose vaccines or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The Pfizer two-dose vaccine is available to individuals 12 and older, while the Moderna vaccine and the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine are available to those 18 and older.
Those who receive the first dose of one of the two-dose vaccines will receive instructions on when and where they can receive their second dose. Vaccines will be administered by firefighters who are trained as vaccinators. Individuals who pre-register should bring their ID and Vaccine Navigator patient identification number with them to the event. Individuals 12-17 must have parent or guardian consent.
“The Fire Department wants to continue to remove barriers for folks and help the Health Department ‘meet people where they are’ to encourage vaccination,” said Fire Chief David Pennington. “Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19.”
For questions about the vaccine, call the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s COVID-19 hotline at 417-874-1211.
Media only: For more information or to arrange an interview, call the Fire Department’s media line at 417-874-2301.