The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is launching a vaccine incentive program that will pay prize money in an effort to boost local vaccination rates.
In collaboration with Community Partnership of the Ozarks Inc., the Health Department is awarding $5,000 in Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc. funding to five residents, according to a news release.
The program dubbed Greene for Vaccine will award $1,000 prizes to one resident per week who receive their first dose of Pfizer/Moderna or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine during the weeks of Aug. 15, 22 and 29 and Sept. 5 and 12.
“Increasing vaccination rates in our community is key to saving lives and ending the COVID-19 pandemic," said Janet Dankert, president and CEO of CPO, in the release.
CFO announced $20,000 in funding for the Health Department and CPO last month, but a specific use for the money had not been determined at the time, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.
Health Department spokesperson Aaron Schekorra said this morning that planning and conversations are ongoing on how best to use the remaining $15,000 in CFO funds.
City of Springfield officials additionally invited residents to "get your 'stick' on Route 66" this Saturday.
In lieu of the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, which was called off this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the weekend of Aug. 13-14 will serve as a vaccination opportunity, according to a news release.
The festival committee is partnering with the Route 66 Car Museum, Jordan Valley Community Health Center’s mobile vaccination unit, Springfield Fire Department and IAFF Local 152. The vaccine event held at the car museum, 1634 W. College St., will include free admission to the attraction for those getting vaccinated.
“Thank you to Route 66 Car Museum owner Guy Mace and our partners for making this event possible. This is a wonderful opportunity to both get vaccinated against COVID-19 and celebrate Route 66,” said Cora Scott, Springfield spokesperson and a festival steering committee member, in the release. “We have our sights set on 2022 and are planning to bring the festival back then if conditions allow us to do it safely.”
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