COVID-19 Vaccine in Franklin County
The following is the weekly message regarding the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
Anyone aged 65 or older, as well as other people with certain underlying health conditions, may now receive a vaccination for the Coronavirus. Anyone who is currently eligible to receive a vaccination has several options to make an appointment.
As vaccinations shipments arrive, vaccination locations update their availability for upcoming appointments. That information is disseminated to appointment websites late in the week, and appointments can be booked using those sites on the following days. Specifically:
On Thursdays, much, but not all, state-wide vaccination availability is uploaded to the state vaccination website: vaxfinder.mass.gov
On Friday afternoons, additional local vaccination clinic information is disseminated to the website www.maimmunizations.org
Additionally, eligible individuals may call the Greenfield Senior Center at 413-775-6411, where you will be able to schedule a vaccination. A gentleman by the name of Matt will take your information, and if he is unable to provide you with a specific time for a vaccination right away, he will call you back when a vaccination appointment slot becomes available.
Finally, for those who do not have access to the internet, need assistance with registering, need transportation to a vaccination site, or are unable to leave their home, an organization known as LifePath is facilitating appointments for people who are elderly or diabled. You may reach them at 413-829-9285, and they will help you through the vaccination scheduling process, and may be able to provide additional services such as transportation.
For anyone who has scheduled a vaccination appointment, please remember to book any required second-dose vaccination appointments before leaving the vaccination site. It will be much easier to book an appointment before leaving than to try to book a second dose after the fact.
Although vaccination provides a very high degree of protection from COVID, and people who are vaccinated are almost certain to avoid major illness, there is a small chance that even after being vaccinated you could still catch COVID from someone else, and -- more importantly -- pass on that infection to someone who has not yet been vaccinated.
As such, it’s extremely important that everyone -- including people who have been vaccinated -- continue to reduce exposure to others: that means wearing masks that cover both your mouth and nose whenever in public, maintaining distance when around others, minimizing time in indoor public spaces, and whenever possible limiting travel. These measures are meant not just to protect yourself, but to protect those around you.
The Rowe Coronavirus task force will continue to keep you updated on these and other coronavirus topics on an on-going basis, typically with weekly updates or when prudent.
Thank you, and stay healthy”