City of Pittsfield Rolls Out New COVID-19 Vaccination Information Hotline

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In light of mounting inquiries regarding COVID-19 vaccinations, the City of Pittsfield's Department of Health has established a new dedicated hotline to provide residents with updated information. 

The hotline, which can be accessed by calling 413-449-5575.

Information will be updated on Mondays or as new information is available. The hotline's first message read as follows:
 
"You have reached the Berkshire County COVID-19 Vaccination Information Line. This is a recorded message. It will be updated on Mondays, or as new information becomes available. A copy of this message can also be found on the City of Pittsfield website. Today is Friday, Jan 15. At this time we are vaccinating only those individuals who are in Phase 1.  You can learn more about the phases and when you might be eligible for a vaccination at https://www.mass.gov/vaccine. Please note that this webpage is updated at least twice a week.
 
In Berkshire County, COVID-facing health care workers, long-term care and first responders have been vaccinated. On Jan. 16, we will begin vaccinating those who live and work in congregate settings, as well as those who work as home health care workers. Identification proving eligibility, such as a work ID badge or a recent paystub will be required for everyone. If you do not fit in these eligibility groups, please do not attempt to register for a clinic, even if you receive a link from someone. We appreciate your patience, as we get to everyone in turn.
 
The VA in Northampton is making appointments for veterans, prioritizing by age. You can call the VA Clinic at 413-584-4040 for more information and to make an appointment.
 
We expect to finish up Phase 1 with non-COVID facing health care workers in the next couple of weeks and will move on to Phase 2 when given permission to do so from the state Department of Public Health.
 
The first group to be vaccinated in Phase 2 will be those who are 75 years of age or older, and those with certain health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID disease. There is currently no way to register for an appointment if you are in Phase 2 or Phase 3; you will be contacted by your physician or notified via the media or your municipality. Once registration information is available this message will also be updated.
 
Thank you. Please remember to help keep the community safe until we are all vaccinated by wearing a mask and continuing to socially distance.”
 
For more information, please visit the COVID-19 page on the city's website at cityofpittsfield.org.

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Homelessness Advisory Panel Reprimanded For Internal Disrespect

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Chairwoman Kim Borden warns advisory committee members to be on their best behavior after 'inappropriate' communications.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Homelessness Advisory Committee reportedly experienced recent issues with "highly inappropriate behavior and communication, threats and the spreading of misinformation" and Chairwoman Kim Borden is not having it.

At the third meeting as a newly established committee on Wednesday, Borden shared her thoughts on the current climate of the committee.

"In the last month, I've been subjected to highly inappropriate behavior and communication, which has include bullying threats and the spreading of misinformation," Borden said. "At this time, I will not identify the specific depict individuals as I do not believe in public shaming. This is not what I signed up for and more importantly, I do not believe that other committee members should be subjected to this extraordinarily destructive dynamic."

This type of communication or behavior may result in a request that appropriate steps be taken to remove the person or persons creating a hostile and/or unproductive environment, she said.

At this time, no committee members are being removed. If any are removed, they will be replaced with individuals with an "appropriate level of civility and a desire to work together as a team and respect others."

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