A little rain didn’t dampen the spirits on Springfield Vaccination Day, a community event organized by ExtremeScienceKid.com. Held Oct. 30 at Springfield Technical Community College, the event presented an opportunity for anyone to get a free COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot and enjoy fun family-friendly events on Halloween eve. 

Other events throughout the day included a kids basketball clinic. STCC was one of several sponsors.

ExtremeScienceKid.com founder Renee Stewart Bates and her 7-year-old son Carmello Stewart wanted to create Springfield Vaccination Day as a way to bring the community together and to help end the COVID-19 pandemic. They both tested positive for COVID-19 in 2020 and wanted to do their part to educate about the importance of getting vaccinated to reduce community infections. All state community college students, staff and faculty must be vaccinated for the spring semester. The deadline at STCC is Jan. 10.

The event also honored frontline community volunteers and workers, families experienced loss, and community organizations. 

Sponsors including STCC (host of the event), Trinity Health New England, Baystate Health Network, WTCC 90.7 FM, Caring Health, Extreme Kid, Inc., Springfield Youth Athletics, Stop & Shop, Springfield Health Department, the STCC Foundation, the Office of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, state Rep. Patricia Duffy, D-Holyoke, state Rep. Carlos Gonzalez, DomDee Photography, Springfield Central High School basketball coaching staff and several community volunteers.