Vaccination Hotline Message

Hotline Number: 413.449.5575

Message as of April 5, 2021

Today is Monday April 5th. Phase 2 is open for those individuals age 55 and older, individuals with 1 certain medical condition, and workers in certain sectors including transit, grocery, utility, food and agriculture, sanitation, public works. Those who were eligible earlier in Phase 2 and in Phase 1 also remain eligible. School personnel, including teachers, bus drivers, custodial staff, food service staff and other school-system employees are able to pre-register for appointments at the mass vaccination sites. There are dedicated vaccination days for school-personnel to pre-register for an appointment at one of the mass vaccination sites on April 10 and April 11. All eligible residents of Massachusetts may also pre-register for vaccination by going to https://www.mass.gov/info-details/preregister-for-a-covid-19-vaccine-appointment. This pre-registration is currently only for the mass vaccination sites in Massachusetts. The closest mass vaccination site to the Berkshires is in Springfield at the Eastfield Mall. We expect the three Berkshire sites to be added to the pre-registration in the near future. This message will be updated when that occurs.

Registration for local clinic appointments will open today, April 5th at 6:00PM, for all three Berkshire sites.  There will also be a clinic held by the VA for veterans and their spouses at BCC on Saturday, April 10. Please call the VA directly to register for that clinic… 413-582 -3110.

The best place for information in Berkshire County remains The Berkshire County Vaccination Collaborative’s website www.getvaccinatedberkshires.org, a one-stop source of information for county residents. Berkshire County appointments at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, St. Elizabeth’s in North Adams and WEB Dubois Middle School in Great Barrington will be announced on the website at least 6 hours prior to going live. A link from the website will take you directly to the state registration system. We recommend getting into the waiting room a few minutes prior to appointments going live for best results. Please note that the search function at maimmunizations.org is difficult to use; it may be easier to scroll down & look for your location. You will need to look for the name of the location, not the municipality it is located in. If you do not have Internet access, you can call the Council on Aging in Williamstown, Adams, North Adams, Cheshire, Dalton, Pittsfield, Lanesborough, Lenox, Lee, Stockbridge, Great Barrington or Sheffield for assistance, or you can call the state hotline at 211 during business hours. Note that 211 does not always have the most up-to-date information for the Berkshires and cannot help with second dose appointments.

Walgreens, CVS, Stop and Shop and other similar venues offer vaccination to all eligible groups.  They are not controlled at the local level and appointments are scheduled directly with them. If you had your first dose at Walgreen’s, CVS or another pharmacy you must return there for your second dose.

If you are registering for a second dose, you will be emailed a private link for the second dose clinic. Please do not share this link with anyone; those registering for a first dose at a second dose clinic will not be vaccinated, even if otherwise eligible. You must return to the same location as your first dose for your second dose.

Vaccinations are only for those who live, work or study in Massachusetts, and you must bring proof of age and/or employment eligibility with you to the clinic. Those who cannot prove eligibility or residence or employment in Massachusetts or refuse to sign an attestation form for eligible medical conditions will not be vaccinated. Part-time and temporary residents are eligible.

The next priority group will be all individuals age 16 and older.  They are eligible to schedule an appointment beginning April 19th. We ask for everyone’s patience as we get to everyone in turn.

Please be diligent to help keep the community safe until we are all vaccinated by wearing a mask and continuing to socially distance. Thank you.