The Boston Public Health Commission administered 780 COVID-19 vaccines and boosters at a clinic in Boston on Saturday, officials said.
The vaccinations come days after the commission detected a “significant spike” in COVID particles found in local sewage, suggesting the potential for higher community spread. Cases among 10- to 19-year-olds across the state have risen sharply in recent weeks, a trend experts attribute to students returning to school.
“We were very pleased to see so many families bring their children to be vaccinated,” the commission said in a statement, referring to the clinic held at White Stadium in Franklin Park.
To encourage participation, the commission gave out $75 gift cards to people 18 and under and to a caregiver who received a booster or vaccination with them. A previous vaccination clinic at the stadium also attracted more than 700 people, the commission said.
Due to time spent indoors due to colder temperatures, the start of the school year and the arrival of students in the city, particulate levels are the highest since May, the commission said.
Currently, the commission recommends people stay up to date on their vaccinations and boosters, get their annual flu shot, test for COVID before and after attending large gatherings, wear a mask indoors, and stay home when sick.
The Department of Public Health is offering free telehealth visits for Paxlovid, an antiviral that has been shown to alleviate the most severe symptoms of COVID, the commission said.
Several vaccination clinics are open to Boston residents, the commission said. Those who were unable to make it to the clinic on Saturday are encouraged to look for another clinic near them.