BHS Providing COVD-19 Vaccine for Infants and Toddlers

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With the recent approval by the CDC of COVID-19 vaccination for children under the age of 5, Berkshire Health Systems has scheduled vaccine clinics for that population, while continuing to provide the vaccine for all other ages. 
On Saturday, July 2, the BHS Testing and Vaccine Center in Pittsfield will hold its monthly COVID vaccine clinic for children 5 to 11, running from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. On the following Saturday, July 9th, the Testing and Vaccine Center will provide vaccine for children under age 5 from 8:30 am to 12 noon.
Each successive month, beginning Saturday, Aug. 6, BHS will have pediatric vaccine clinics in Pittsfield on the first Saturday of the month, serving children under 5 from 8:30 to noon and children 5 to 11 from 12:30 to 4 pm. There will be no adult vaccinations provided on these pediatric clinic Saturdays, but adults can schedule a vaccine on weekdays and Saturdays other than the first Saturday of the month.
In Great Barrington, BHS will provide vaccine for those ages 6 months to 4 years old on Saturday, July 9 and Saturday, August 6 at Fairview Hospital from 9 am to 11 am.
The Pittsfield center will offer Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, and in Great Barrington Moderna will be provided. Pfizer has a three dose regimen and Moderna a two dose regimen.
Appointments are required for all ages and can be made by calling the BMC Link Line, 855-262-5465 (855-BMC-LINK), or through the Berkshire Patient Portal. The Testing and Vaccine Center is located at 505 East St., St. Luke's Square in Pittsfield.

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By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

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On Tuesday, the committee unanimously voted to start the school's transition to all vocational, only accepting Career Technical Education (CTE) students beginning in the fall. The motion was followed by a round of applause.

All new non-CTE students will attend Pittsfield High School and Taconic's remaining non-CTE students in Grades 10-12 will graduate as usual. The class of 2027 will be the first all-technical class to graduate.

This has been on the horizon since the new, $120 million facility debuted in 2018.  With high interest in Taconic's vocational programs and CTE admissions outnumbering the latter, administrators see this as a way to best serve students.  

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