All Aboard The 'Vax Express:' MBTA Trains Turn Into Covid Vaccine Clinics


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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — All aboard the Vax Express: the Commonwealth is partnering with the MBTA and local health organizations for a new initiative to keep the state on track to beat Covid-19.

Starting on Wednesday, MBTA travelers can visit select participating stations that will be transforming commuter rail cars into Covid-19 vaccination clinics.

The first stop is at the Blue Hill Avenue stop in Mattapan -- where both the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine are being offered.

Samantha Joseph, the Head of Community Outreach at CIC Health, said the organization is excited to be facilitating the program.

"[We're] bring[ing] a commuter rail to seven stations across the state over the next five days, to really make sure that every single person has access to the Covid-19 vaccine," Joseph said.

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CIC Health has been responsible for running several mass vaccination sites in the state throughout the pandemic -- including the ones at the Hynes Convention Center and Gillette Stadium.

"It's time in the vaccination campaign for everybody to move to a much more decentralized model of offering small clinics in places that are really convenient for people," Joseph said.

For travelers who opt to get their shot through the Vax Express -- the vaccinations will actually take place on the commuter rail car.

"You'll see a lot signs, you'll see music, food, other people kind of cheering you on," Joseph said. "You'll get a chance to walk onto the train itself and sit down for your vaccination."

Participants will also receive a $25 grocery store gift card, as well as a free meal.

You can find out the dates and locations where the Vax Express will be heading to this week here.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports.

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Written by Rachel Armany


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