Pignatelli, Mark Hold Town Hall Forum

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EGREMONT, Mass.— State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli and state Sen. Paul Mark will take questions and invite comments at a "ReMarks and Refreshments" town hall forum in Egremont from 9 to 10:30 a.m.on Monday, June 26. 

The event is open to the public and will be held at Town Hall, 171 Egremont Plain Road, Egremont. 

The forum will also be accessible through Zoom. To get the link, email Casey Pease at casey.pease@masenate.gov.  

The legislators will start the forum by sharing legislative updates from the State House before taking questions and comments from attendees and engaging in a conversation about opportunities and challenges facing Egremont and Western Massachusetts. 

"Remarks and Refreshments" event is one in a series of public forums Sen. Mark is organizing in an effort to reach all 57 communities. 


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CHP Readying for New Covid-19 Vaccine Supply

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — With a second mobile medical van now on the road, CHP Berkshires' mobile health teams are preparing to reach more Berkshire residents in more locations this fall with vaccines for flu, Covid-19 and, for eligible patients, the respiratory virus (RSV) vaccine. 
CHP anticipates receiving its Covid-19 vaccines in the coming weeks, while flu clinics are well under way. 
"We are fielding many calls and inquiries about the new Covid-19 vaccine, and we are as eager as everyone to get this new vaccine on the road," said Melanie Wickwire, mobile health manager at CHP.  
Once available, Covid-19 vaccines will be available to CHP and non-CHP patients on the CHP mobile health vehicles. This can be given at the same time as the seasonal flu shot. In addition, the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccines is available to eligible CHP patients. 
Covid-19 vaccines will be available for those six months and older. The new RSV vaccine is for adults 60 and older with certain underlying health risks; pre-screening is required for RSV vaccines with CHP. Flu shots are available starting at 6 months of age. 
"We are incredibly fortunate to have this arsenal of prevention against serious illness," said Dr. Laura Need, CHP associate medical director and pediatrician at Berkshire Pediatrics. "We urge everyone to get vaccinated for themselves, their families, friends and workplace colleagues. And parents should be sure their children are protected against other preventable contagious illness like measles, pertussis and others." 
CHP will keep the public notified of its vaccination resources throughout the fall and winter season, through its mobile health calendar at chpberkshires.org/mobile and with reminders on social media channels, radio and other outlets. 
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