Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Health & Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris continue to meet with members of the Springfield Information Vax Force Committee (“Vax Force”). Today, the third Vax Force meeting was held to continue implementing the five phase strategy for providing vaccine education and communication.
The Vax Force is comprised of 15 committee members offering expertise in the areas of health clinician data and information, research, education, faith, and diversity, equity and inclusion.
Mayor Sarno stated, “I am deeply appreciative of this Committee and the important work they are doing to prepare our residents and community to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. There are a number frustrations and challenges, as well as misinformation, facing our residents who want to be vaccinated. We will continue to work through these challenges as we support the existing state-run mass vaccination site and prepare for when we receive our own vaccine supply and can offer more direct access within our neighborhoods with smaller, city-run vaccination sites.”
Those present in the Zoom meeting today were Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, Chief of Staff Tom Ashe, and Director of Constituent Services Molly Shea, as well as Executive Director for the Springfield Housing Authority Denise Jordan, Nursing Supervisor for Springfield Public Schools Jeanne Clancy, CEO for New North Citizens Council Maria Ligus, COO for New North Citizens Council Jose Claudio, Director of UMass Population Health Capstone Dr. Sarah McAdoo, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Baystate Health Yemisi Oloruntola-Coates, Director of Operations Harm Reduction for Tapestry Health Systems Damaris Jones, Clinical Associate Professor of Community Care for the Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Dr. Melissa Mattison, Dr. Kathleen Szegda from the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts, Dr. Andrew Balder from the Mason Square Health Center, and founder and CEO of the Axiom Blue Corporation Angela D. Mack.