Bridgeport’s Discovery Science Center and Planetarium will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Friday. It will also offer bilingual services to parents who are reluctant to get vaccinated.
The center has partnered with community groups around Bridgeport to offer bilingual mobile sessions to answer questions about vaccines for non-native English speakers.
Erika Eng, executive director of the center, said the clinic was an opportunity to try to reduce vaccine reluctance in the community.
“We want to make sure the community knows that we are here strictly in a scientific capacity. We are here strictly to offer immunity to the community, ”she said.
The vaccination clinic will be operated by Griffin Health for children 5 years and older and residents 18 years and older eligible for a booster.
The center will also offer free entry the day after Thanksgiving as part of their “Thankful friday” program.
“So it’s like a fun, engaging place like, go down the stairs, take your quick shot, then let’s go see a cool planetarium show. Let’s go take a picture with Santa Claus. Let’s go make some ornaments. Eng said. “I think it’s a great way to engage the community and open the door to these questions and conversations.”
The center reopened in September under the direction of the University of the Sacred Heart, which participated in the renovations of the building. It had been closed during the pandemic.
The University of the Sacred Heart is the holder of the WSHU public radio license.