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Berkshire County Has 8 Vaccination Sites for Phase 2 Rollout

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The state has released the expanded sites for COVID-19 vaccinations, including eight in Berkshire County.
 
Phase 2 of the vaccination rollout begins Monday, Feb. 1, by appointment. Currently there are three "mass vaccination" sites, including one in Springfield. There is expected to be 165 vaccination sites and seven mass vaccination locations by mid-February at public and private entities. 
 
The first priority group in Phase 2 will be residents 75 and older who can begin to schedule vaccination appointments on Wednesday.
 
The locations in Berkshire County are, with links to online signup, the following: 
 
 
• Pittsfield: Walgreens, Cheshire Road; Berkshire Community College's Paterson Field House; Stop & Shop, Dan Fox Drive; Berkshire Allergy Care, South Street (email to COVID@centralmassallergy.com, providing ONLY first name, phone number, and preferred location for vaccination).
 
• Lee: Walgreens, Park Street
 
• Great Barrington: WEB DuBois Middle School, Monument Valley Road
 
All locations are open to eligible populations, including those who fall in the Phase 1 rollout and who have not yet received the vaccine. 
 
The vaccines used are expected to be the Moderna and, for the larger sites at BCC, St. Elizabeth's and DuBois Middle School, the Pfizer vaccine, both of which require two shots a few weeks apart for full coverage. 
 
Those who fall in the Phase 2 category, by priority, are:
  • Individuals 75 and older
  • Individuals 65 and older or anyone with two or more comorbidities
  • Early education and K-12 workers, transit, utility, food and agriculture, sanitation, public works, and public health workers, and
  • Individuals with one comorbidity.
The exact date for each priority group to get the vaccine will depend on the vaccine supply from the federal government and the uptake and demand for vaccine appointments. Due to high demand and constrained vaccine supply, COVID-19 Vaccination appointments are limited.

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North Adams Council to Review Hydrant Ordinance Next Week

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
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City Councilor Jason LaForest had initially submitted the proposal for the creation of a "Fire Hydrant Division" with a request to refer to his Public Safety Committee but on Tuesday night instead asked it be fast-tracked to publication and a second reading. 
 
The rest of the council balked at taking a shortcut in the process, rejecting the motion and voting 8-1 to send the language to the General Government with only LaForest voting no. 
 
The ordinance relates to issues regarding non-functioning fire hydrants and how information is shared between the Water Department and police dispatch. Two recent fires highlighted problems with the hydrants; officials say about 130 of the 631 hydrants in the city are nonfunctioning in some way. The city has been working for a decade to address faulty hydrants of which nearly half had been dysfunctional back in 2011. 
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