Berkshire Health Systems Offers Vaccine Clinics in Medical Arts Complex

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has announced it will provide COVID-19 vaccine clinics in its Medical Arts Complex, located adjacent to Berkshire Medical Center, in the coming weeks, as efforts continue to achieve a higher percentage of vaccinations in the community. 
 
The COVID-19 vaccine is free and is available to anyone ages 12 and older.
 
Vaccine clinics will be held on the second floor of the Medical Arts Complex, which faces the parking lot for the facility, on Tuesdays, June 15 and 22, and Thursdays, June 17 and 24, from 11 am to 2 pm. The Pfizer vaccine will be provided at all of these clinics, requiring two doses. Participants will be given information on when they can receive their second dose, which is approximately three weeks from the date of the first dose.
 
The COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective, providing extensive protection from the virus and prevention of onset of serious illness and potential hospitalization.
 
Berkshire Health Systems is also continuing to provide vaccine administration at its COVID-19 Testing Sites in Pittsfield and North Adams, through either an appointment or walk-in. The Pittsfield Testing Center is at 505 East St., next to BHS Urgent Care and is open daily from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm. The North Adams site is at 98 Church St., next to the city library and open daily from 8:30 am to 4 pm. In addition, Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital are in the process of offering COVID-19 vaccines to admitted patients who wish to be vaccinated.
 
For more information on vaccination or COVID-19, visit www.getvaccinatedberkshires.org.

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