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BHS Updates COVID-19 Vaccination Hours in Pittsfield

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PITTSFIELD, Mass — In the wake of a lessening demand for the COVID-19 vaccine, Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) has changed its vaccination hours for the BHS Pittsfield Vaccine Center. 
 
Effective on March 7, COVID-19 vaccination will be available three days a week compared to the current seven-day schedule.
 
The BHS Vaccine Center in Pittsfield, located at 505 East St., St. Luke's Square, will provide COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Vaccine will be available for children 5 to 11 on the first Saturday of each month from 8 am to 12 noon, with adult appointments those days from 12 to 4. 
 
The BHS Vaccine & Testing Center in North Adams, at 98 Church St., will continue to provide vaccine on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Fairview Hospital provides vaccine for those 5 and older on Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm.
 
Appointments are recommended for all of the sites and can be made by calling 855-BMC-LINK, 855-262-5465, or through the Berkshire Patient Portal. Walk-ins are also welcome for adult vaccination at the three sites, while appointments are required for the Saturday pediatric vaccination clinics in Pittsfield. For more information, visit www.berkshirehealthsystems.org/covidvax.

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Pittsfield Police Advisory Board Wants Voice in Use of Body Cameras

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Following the City Council's endorsement of dashboard and body cameras on Pittsfield Police, the Police Advisory Review Board would like to review the equipment's policy before anything is implemented.

Chair Ellen Maxon this week asked the board members if they would like to take a vote to support body cameras but some were unsure of their stance. Instead, the panel motioned Tuesday to request that in the event that the Police Department adopts such a program, PARB reviews the governing policies before implementation.

The conversation is in response to the death of Miguel Estrella at the hands of a police officer in late March, which has sparked a significant community response along with conversations about police accountability and the lack of mental health support.

"I still have a pretty mixed opinion because I feel like something like body cameras, people think that's going to be the end all, be all and we don't have to do any more work," board member Erin Sullivan said, adding that there is a bigger problem beyond video surveillance.

Board member Dennis Powell, who is also president of the Berkshire NAACP, wished not to share his thoughts on body cameras at the moment.  

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