Big Y Offering Multi-vaccine Clinic from Sept. 26 to Oct. 1

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — From Sept. 26 until Oct. 1, every Big Y Market location will hold an on-site multi-vaccine clinic for all customers, employees and their families. 
 
All stores will offer seasonal flu, high dose flu and COVID-19 vaccines including the updated COVID-19 booster (check local stores for specific dates and times). Stores with an on-site pharmacy also offer a variety of additional vaccines including Pneumococccal (pneumonia) Shingrix (shingles), Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis), Hepatitis A and B, Meningococcal (Meningitis) , MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella), Guardasil (HPV).
 
"The safety and health of everyone in our region is so vitally important to us that we are excited to offer our 2nd Big Y Big Vax Week to everyone: our customers, employees and their families. Our professional pharmacy staff has been working hard to be able to provide this essential service in each of our neighborhoods at every one of our 72 locations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut," said Big Y’s president and CEO, Charles L. D’Amour. "This week-long event provides a convenient way for anyone to receive one of many vaccines to keep our community healthy. Big Y’s Big Vax Week is one more way we’ve been serving our community for over 86 years."
 
Vaccines are administered to eligible adults and children ages 5 and older
based upon product availability.Further details are available on bigy.com where each location’s specific times are listed. No appointments are necessary.
 
This second community-wide event spans every one of Big Y’s 72 locations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. Patients who receive the seasonal flu or COVID-19 vaccine from their pharmacist or trained pharmacy technician at any one of the clinics or pharmacy locations will receive a Big Y Coupon for $5 off of a $25 grocery purchase.
 
Each location will have other giveaways as well. Big Y’s vaccination program continues to grow. Over the past year alone, the company administered 100,000 doses of various vaccines. For those who might be interested, CDC guidance states that it is acceptable to receive 2 or more of these different vaccines at the same time making it more convenient for all.
 
In addition to a full array of prescriptions, consultation and pharmacy services, Big Y’s pharmacy team
has been administering vaccines for many years. They’ve held clinics at schools, senior centers, manufacturing facilities, business offices, and worked with many city and State Departments of Public Health. Last year in Massachusetts, they were chosen to be the vaccination providers for schools in Springfield, schools and clinics for the town of East Longmeadow, as well as Wilbraham and Hampden. 

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'Augmented Reality' Works Debut at This Week's First Friday

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
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The Public Arts Commission on Monday approved the installation of signage with QR codes that will give viewers the ability to see artwork overlays by John Craig Freeman and Michael Lewy on local venues. The works will go live Friday night during the Night Market on Eagle Street. 
 
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Farrington, chair of the commission, stepped away from her position on Monday to make the presentation. She said she had already spoken with Mayor Jennifer Macksey and Building Inspector William Meranti, who approved the project. All that was left was an endorsement from the commission for placing the signs on public property. 
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