Every Thursday, shots and a chance to win prizes will be offered at Springfield Technical Community College.

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM)-- A new big COVID-19 vaccination effort ramped up in Springfield.

Every Thursday, shots and a chance to win prizes will be offered at Springfield Technical Community College.

College officials are calling on all community members to stop by their COVID-19 vaccine clinics. As an incentive, participants have a chance to win gift cards and a free class this semester.

"We are opening up the campus, which is right in the heart of the city," Shai Butler, interim vice president for advancement and external affairs, at Springfield Technical Community College said.

Springfield Technical Community College is holding the clinic in partnership with Curative, which will continue every Thursday through the end of July between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

"It’s open to employees, also open to alumni, family members of students, current students, incoming students and the community at large," Butler said.

Turnout was light for this first clinic, but Butler told Western Mass News they are working to target the hardest-hit communities.

STCC sign file

(Western Mass News photo)

Baystate infectious disease doctor Armando Paez told Western Mass News that Hampden County has a lot of work to do to catch up with vaccination rates across the state.

As an incentive, the STCC is offering swag, 50 dollar gift cards and a chance to win a free college class this semester.

On Thursday, Westfield State University announced a vaccine clinic that will be held there on June 29.

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