Baystate Health’s WOW bus to be on hand for Mahar-Ware football game:Students who get vaccines will gain free admission

  • Mahar quarterback Kaleb Lemcke (1) runs for a 25-yard touchdown against Athol in the second quarter Friday night in Orange. The Baystate Health Mobile Vaccine Team and the Wellness on Wheels (WOW) bus will be on hand at the Mahar-Ware football game in Ware on Friday to administer free COVID-19 vaccines. Students who receive a shot will get free admission to the game. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 10/13/2021 8:47:27 PM

Eligible Mahar Regional School students will gain free admission to the Senators’ football game against Ware Friday night if they stop by Baystate Health’s Wellness on Wheels bus for a COVID-19 shot.

Baystate Health is teaming with the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, Quaboag Connector and Ware Public Schools to offer free Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to whoever wants one between 5 and 7:30 p.m., though young people and their families are the priority, according to Dr. Sarah Perez McAdoo, the director of health equity, education and practice at the UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate campus in Springfield. Vaccines are approved for anyone 12 and older, though anyone between 12 and 17 will need a parent present to receive the jab on Friday.

McAdoo said the Baystate Health Mobile Vaccine Team will be on hand to administer the shots. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Dr. Elizabeth Teahan-Zielinski, superintendent of the Ralph C. Mahar Regional and Union 73 school districts, explained Mahar students who receive a shot will be entered into a raffle to win a $100 gift card purchased with grant money Ware received and passed on to Mahar.

Dr. Marlene DiLeo, superintendent of Ware Public Schools, said increasing vaccination rates is vital to reducing the threat of COVID-19 and having an uninterrupted academic year.

“Being healthy is important to every citizen,” she said, “because a pandemic definitely has a negative impact in a number of different ways.”

DiLeo said she is interested in returning the Wellness on Wheels bus to Ware when vaccines are approved for children ages 5 to 11.

Teahan-Zielinski mentioned the Baystate Health Mobile Vaccine Team will be available to talk with students about potential careers in health care and to share educational materials regarding general wellness.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.




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