By Kristina Rex

CHELSEA (CBS) — Balloon animals, slushies, and cotton candy were the sights at an event in Chelsea on Friday afternoon and evening. No, it was not a carnival, but a COVID-19 vaccination event hosted by Mass General Brigham and La Colaborativa.

Anybody ages 12 and up were eligible to come and get a shot, as well as enjoy free DJ entertainment and activities.

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“It’s a perfect way to take the fear away and add fun and get people vaccinated,” said Dr. Joseph Betancourt of Mass General.

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“It didn’t hurt at all honestly,” said 13-year-old Melissa Salguero of Marlborough. “It’s really nice honestly because they are giving out free stuff and that’s really nice of them.”

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La Colaborativa plans to have more clinics like this one, since it appeared successful, with a line wrapped around the corner of people waiting to get in.

Kristina Rex