UPDATE: This event has been canceled due to rain, and has been rescheduled to Aug. 5.
PITTSFIELD — Get a COVID-19 shot at Wahconah Park, then watch the Pittsfield Suns on Thursday — all for free.
The city and its summer collegiate baseball team have joined to offer two coronavirus vaccination clinics this summer, in front of the gates at Wahconah Park, Mayor Linda Tyer's office announced Tuesday. The first clinic is happening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, and the second will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 5.
Those who get vaccinated at the clinic Thursday will be rewarded with free tickets for themselves and their companions to see the Suns take on the New Britain Bees that evening.
Free game tickets also will be given to those who receive a vaccination at the ballpark clinic Aug. 5, when the Suns are scheduled to play the Vermont Lake Monsters.
Appointments aren't necessary. The clinic will be administering first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Second-dose patients must bring their vaccination cards with them.
Throwing out the first pitch Thursday will be Kayla Donnelly-Winters and her daughter. As the city's public health nurse manager, Donnelly-Winters has helped oversee the city's contract tracing and vaccination efforts.
“We’re excited to partner with the Pittsfield Suns on this initiative as we want to ensure everyone in our community has access to this life-saving vaccine,” Donnelly-Winters said in a statement.
The typical 15-minute post-vaccination waiting period will be required to monitor for any allergic reactions. Those who have had a severe allergic reaction in the past need to spend a half-hour in observation.