MCLA to Present Panel On COVID-19 Vaccine

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will host a virtual panel, "Closing the Gap on Herd Immunity," featuring three experts in public health at 5 p.m. on April 8. 
 
Topics covered will include COVID-19 vaccine access, misinformation, and a look ahead as vaccines become available to wider segments of the population in Massachusetts and across the U.S.  
 
The panelists are Michelle Williams, dean of the faculty and professor at Harvard College's T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Mary Clarisse Kilayko, a doctor of infectious diseases and internal medicine at Berkshire Health Systems; and James Lederer, Berkshire Health Systems' chief medical officer/chief quality officer.  
 
This event is free and open to the public, and community members are welcome to attend, and panelists will be able to answer audience questions about the vaccine. Those who are interested can register at https://tinyurl.com/ejx62yv4. For more information, contact Nicole Porther, who coordinates MCLA's public health and community health education major, at Nicole.Porther@mcla.edu
 
The panel event was coordinated by students in Porther's Health Promotion and Planning class. Students helped find health experts who have worked directly on pandemic response in the Berkshires and the Commonwealth with the goal of bringing enhanced understanding around COVID-19 vaccinations to the MCLA and Berkshire community.  
 
Learn more about MCLA's public health and community health education program at https://www.mcla.edu/academics/academic-departments/community-health-ed/index.php

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North Adams Vaccine Clinic Passes 16,000 Doses Given

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 16,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered through the Northern Berkshire vaccine clinic.
 
Board of Health Chairman John Meaney, who as general manager of Northern Berkshire EMS has been part of the group operating the clinic, said it wasn't clear how many North Adams residents that included. 
 
As of last week, more than 5,000 residents in North Adams and Clarksburg had received at least one dose. The state tracks inoculations by ZIP code, which the city and town share, and may also include the town of Florida. The Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative is open to any Massachusetts residents and those who work or attend school here but reside in other states.
 
The clinic has been able to administer double the number of doses when it first opened, with more than 1,500 per clinic last week. But the number is dependent on the doses the collaborative gets from the state.
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