Appointments are required and there are slots available most weekdays 10-4 and some Saturdays 9 to noon at the Tri Town Health office located in the Airoldi Building located at 45 Railroad Street in Lee.
Individuals are asked to bring a form of identification and health insurance to assist with the on-site registration process. Additionally, short-sleeved shirts are encouraged to ensure easier access for vaccinations.
Effective on Monday, Feb. 6, COVID vaccination will be available only two days per week in Pittsfield and one day per week in North Adams for adults, and a Pediatric vaccine clinic will be held on a Friday once each month in Pittsfield.
Health officials continue to make another urgent push to encourage the public to get vaccinated. In the US, this flu season has been one of the most significant in recent memory with nearly 20 million illnesses, 210,000 hospitalizations and 13,000 deaths from flu so far, according to CDC estimates.
These pediatric clinics will provide COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 and will be held the first Saturday of each month, beginning March 5 at the BHS Vaccine Center, 505 East Street in Pittsfield, from 8 am to noon.
Those who want to receive a flu shot, COVID-19 vaccine, COVID-19 booster, or COVID-19 test should register for an appointment. Do so by calling 413-528-0457. Walk-ins will be accommodated but appointments will take precedence.
Anyone who is currently scheduled for a J&J vaccine or booster at a BHS Testing and Vaccine Center on or before Jan 5 will have the option to receive the J&J vaccine as scheduled or can receive a Pfizer or Moderna dose instead.
In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or two weeks after the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Superintendent John Franzoni told the committee he has had preliminary conversations with the district's counsel about creating a policy that would require weekly testing for any staff members not vaccinated for COVID-19.
Gov. Charlie Baker, speaking Thursday at Boston Children's Hospital, said pediatric doses have already been received and he did not anticipate any supply issues, such as those that hampered the rollout for adult vaccinations earlier this year.
Due to supply chain delays, the number of appointments available each day is temporarily limited. Additional appointments will be added in the next two weeks with expected increased vaccine supply. Walk-in appointments for booster shots are not available at this time.
All stores will offer seasonal flu and COVID-19 vaccines and stores with an on-site pharmacy also offer a variety of vaccines including seasonal flu, pneumonia, shingles, COVIOD Tdap, Hepatitis A and B, meningococcal, MMR and HPV.
Students who seek to register for courses that do not include any in-person component, and who do not plan to come on campus for any reason for the Spring 2022 semester, will not be required to provide documentation of vaccination.