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COVID Vaccination Information for those 75 and older

Please share widely with those in our community that are 75 years or older:

Governor Baker announced earlier this week that people 75 years or older will be eligible to receive a COVID vaccine starting February 1st, 2021.  In response, the Berkshire County Vaccine Team has set up public clinics throughout the county to meet this need. These COVID vaccination clinics are for those who live or work in Massachusetts, and you must bring proof of age or other eligibility with you to the clinic. Those who cannot prove eligibility of residence or employment in Massachusetts will not be vaccinated.

Please note that there are currently more individuals eligible for vaccination in Massachusetts than there is vaccine. The Berkshire County Vaccine Team will continue to add appointments and new clinic dates as more vaccine becomes available. We ask for everyone’s patience as we get to everyone in turn.  Updates will periodically be put on the Berkshire County Vaccine Information Line at 413-449-5575.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: In order to answer to the following most common questions, here is the information we have at this time:

Will there be vaccine clinics in Berkshire County? 
Yes, Berkshire County several sites that will be hosting public clinics, listed below.  These sites can be found at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccination-locations-for-individuals-in-eligible-groups-and-phases

Registration is required to attend vaccination clinics.

    • Central Berkshire County: 2/2, 2/4, 2/9 and 2/11:  Berkshire Community College Field House in Pittsfield;
    • Northern Berkshire County: 2/2, 2/4/, 2/6, 2/8 and 2/12: St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Center in North Adams; and
    • Southern Berkshire County: 2/3, 2/6, 2/10 and 2/13 at W.E.B. DuBois Regional Middle School in Great Barrington.
    • Some pharmacies and primary care physicians will also have vaccine available.

 

How do I register for a clinic?
Go to https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccination-locations-for-individuals-in-eligible-groups-and-phases or www.maimmunizations.org where you can search and register for the clinics (it is suggested to search for them using the words that are part of the location names or dates).

What if no Berkshire public clinics are shown when I do a search?
To search for a clinic, it is suggested to use the “Name of Location” (per the locations listed above) or “Date” criteria (based on the dates issued in the press release).

What information is needed for registration?
You will be asked to provide your name, address, phone number, date of birth, demographic data, email and insurance information (if you have it, but insurance is not required to get the vaccine).  There will be screening questions and you will also be asked to attest that you are eligible to receive the vaccine.

What if I don’t have an email address to register?
If you do not have an email address, it is suggested that you reach out to a loved one or close friend to ask to use their email address to ensure you can register and to be sure you are notified when it is time to register for your second dose.

How do I register for a clinic if I don’t have access to the internet or need assistance with registration? 
Assistance is available to register by calling the Dalton Council on Aging office at 413 684-2000 after noon on January 27th.  The Council on Aging in Williamstown, Adams, North Adams, Pittsfield, Lenox, Lee, Stockbridge, Great Barrington or Sheffield are also providing assistance.

Why am I having issues with the registration website? 
The registration website is not compatible with Windows Explorer.  It is suggested that you use another browser (like Google Chrome, Safari or Firefox).

Who is eligible to receive the vaccine?
People who live and work in MA, including part time residents, are eligible to be vaccinated as long as they are 75 or older or are eligible in Phase I.  You must bring proof of age or other eligibility with you to the clinic.  Those who cannot prove eligibility or residence or employment in Massachusetts will not be vaccinated.

Are any other Phase II groups eligible to get the vaccine?
No, only those 75 years old or older or who are otherwise eligible for Phase I are eligible at this time.  Got to https://www.mass.gov/info-details/when-can-i-get-the-covid-19-vaccine for the most recent information on eligibility for the vaccine.  This site is updated twice a week.  There is currently no way to register for an appointment if you are not yet eligible for vaccination.

 

Thank you for your patience as we continue to do whatever we can to get our population vaccinated and informed.  Remember to do your part by wearing a mask, socially distance and avoid gatherings so we can get through this together.

Stay safe,
Jayne Smith
Dalton Board of Health Agent
www.dalton-ma.gov/covid-19