Berkshire County News
How to Get Vaccinated in Berkshire County
By Brooke A. Tripicco (Grade 9)
We’ve all been waiting so long to be eligible for a Covid vaccine, and now that some of us are it’s hard to know how to proceed. Information is never a constant, and is ever hard to come by. So I’m here to provide that information and links on how to get vaccinated for those who are 16+.
There are many different strategies and websites that can be used for booking a vaccine appointment, but first I’d like to direct you towards this Berkshire Eagle article. It is a compilation of frequently asked questions about getting vaccinated in the Berkshires, and it could be very helpful if you share any of these questions.
Next, a number of walk-in clinics are happening this week. These are vaccine clinics that you do not have to book an appointment for. All of the clinics are distributing the Pfizer vaccine, meaning anyone over the age of 16 can get the shot. The clinics are taking place on Wednesday, May 5 from 4-7PM at WEB DuBois Middle School, Thursday, May 6 from 12-5PM at the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Center, and Thursday, May 6 from 4-7PM at the BCC Field House. Simply show up to one of these locations at the listed time, and you will be able to easily get vaccinated.
However, if you cannot make it to one of the walk-in clinics, there are still plenty more ways of booking an appointment. This website can provide you with more information on getting vaccinated in the Berkshires if you do not want to have to go too far away from home to get your shot. That website will also direct you to here. With this website you can search for appointments and locations, filtering by age, date, and which shot (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) you’d like to get. Once you find a date and location that works for you, you can click on the blue button that reads “Sign Up for a Covid-19 Vaccination”. Select your desired time and let the website guide you from there.
Another option is to use this website to look for available appointments all across Massachusetts. If you find a location that works for you, click the “details” button to the right to find out more information about those appointments, and it will guide you through booking yours. You can also use this corresponding website to sign up for notifications for when new appointments become available.
One final way to get your vaccine is to go to the website for a specific location. For instance, both CVS and Walgreens have been holding vaccine clinics, so you can check their websites for available appointments if you’d like to go to one of those locations.
I hope this information has been helpful to you. I know it can feel overwhelming, but it’s all for the best. If each of us do our best to get our vaccines, life can soon return to some semblance of normal. But remember that you still have to follow Covid protocols even once you’re vaccinated. Stay safe, stay healthy, and get vaccinated!