Community partners offering vaccine incentives

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Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc., the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and Springfield Public Schools are partnering on a COVID-19 vaccine event with incentives for participants.

The Finish Strong 417 Winter Vaccine Events are being held, in part, to immunize children over 5 years old after the age group recently received clearance for low-dose vaccines, according to a news release. Boosters also will be available.

“It is incredibly good news that as we look ahead to winter break, all children and adults across our campuses will have the opportunity to develop immunity to COVID-19,” said Grenita Lathan, superintendent of SPS, in the release.

Vaccine events will be held Nov. 20 and Dec. 11 at Williams Elementary School and the Health Department's vaccination venue, the former Gordmans store on East Battlefield Road.

Each person who is getting their first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine will receive a $50 gift card from the Health Department, according to the release. Participants also will be entered into a drawing for $15,000 in prizes, such as video game consoles and season passes to Silver Dollar City.

The Health Department's COVID-19 dashboard indicates 52.5% of the eligible population is currently vaccinated in Greene County. The seven-day average of new daily cases is 41, with 42 people in Greene County hospitals with the virus.