BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – One neighborhood in Boston has found a sweet way to get kids vaccinated against Covid-19.
Marc Lavine and his son used to go to Ron’s Gourmet Ice Cream in Hyde Park once a week before the pandemic. Now that children between five and 11 are eligible for Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, Lavine and his son plan on going back soon.
“When I said that there was a momentary pause," Lavine explained when telling his son, "and he said, ‘can I get a shot today?’”
Lavine then realized that if ice cream was enough incentive for his son to get the jab, maybe it would work for others. He decided to start a fundraiser called “Cones Against Covid” to encourage more kids to get the vaccine.
“In an effort to appreciate and encourage children ages 5-11 to join the ranks of people getting vaccinated against Covid-19, we're raising funds, 100% of which will go to Ron's Ice Cream in Hyde Park and Dedham,” Lavine wrote on the fundraiser’s GoFundMe page. “This is an opportunity to support kids who are doing their part not just to protect themselves but also the broader community.”
Every child under the age of 12 that presents a vaccination card will receive a free ice cream with one free topping. The number of eligible kids will depend on how much money is raised. Lavine said the fundraiser was off to a great start.
“I was bulled over that more than $1,000 had been raised on day one,” he said. “I had a much more modest notion of what I might be able to say we can do.”
Lavine also said this is a great way to support local business. The final goal of the fundraiser is to raise $3,000. Ron’s will start the promotion on Monday.
WBZ’s Matt Shearer (@MattWBZ) has the scoop: