Springfield Pharmacist Chichi Momah Makes National News in Vaccine Crusade


Springfield Pharmacy’s Chichi Momah has made national news in her effort to bring vaccines to every adult and child that needs one.

Her special vaccination clinic for children that turned a school gym into a carnival got the attention of NBC Nightly News.

The carnival clinic had balloons, candy, and superheroes, including Momah herself, who replaced her white pharmacy coat for a superhero costume.

“If taking off the white coat makes the child more comfortable then that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”

Momah wanted to create a place for children that would take the sting out of getting the vaccine.

To date, more than 18,000 children have been vaccinated at the clinic.

She gets help from the community to make it happen.

“I have an army of volunteers,” she says.

When vaccines first came out and in short supply, Chichi’s small pharmacy in the Olde Sproul Village shopping center was inundated with calls.  

She got busy tracking down vaccines and went from having only a hundred doses to giving out more than 30,000 vaccines.

“I called the Department of Health every single day,” she says. “I don’t take no for an answer.”

Read more at NBC Nightly News about Chichi Momah’s work.