February 5, 2021 Update from the Board of Health
Information contained in the Reverse-911 Call for Friday, February 5, 2021
Reverse-911 Call for Friday, February 5, 2021
Greetings Heathens. This is a message from the Heath Board of Health about Covid vaccinations.
People over 75 years of age are now eligible to receive the vaccine by appointment. The Greenfield Zon Center, Valley Medical Group and the Community Health Center of Franklin County, several pharmacies and many private health care providers are now providing vaccinations. The amount of vaccine available at each site is limited by the amount distributed by the State.
To see where you can get a vaccine and to make an appointment, check the Mass Department of Public Health website: www.mass.gov/CovidVaccineMap. Once on the website map, click on “starred” locations and follow links to register at that location. You can also get up to date information on the FRCOG website: www.frcog.org.
If you have family members and friends who are now eligible for vaccinations, please offer to help them get appointments if they are having trouble doing so. Or call the Heath Board of Health and we will be glad to assist as well. Plans are being made now for a process for getting vaccine to people who cannot travel to a vaccine site. We will let you know when information is available.
Please be cautious of phone call and online scams promising vaccination appointments. These scams often request credit card information in order to secure an appointment. The state vaccination programs at vaccination sites and pharmacies are all free and will not ask for credit card information. They may however ask for your Medicare number.
For people who are 75 and older, you can call two one one (211) for assistance in using the internet to schedule a vaccination appointment. For general questions, please call Heath Board of Health at 413-337-5346 or Claire Rabbit, Heath Town Nurse at 413-337-8309. You can also call the FRCOG’s COVID Vaccine Information Hotline at 413-774-3167 x 153 for an updated message about current vaccine status in our region.
We urge everyone, when they are eligible, to get vaccinated. This is the most effective means of slowing the spread and risk of getting Covid. We also urge everyone to be patient as the number of vaccines available in Massachusetts has been limited. We do expect that everyone who wants a vaccine will get one. Also remember that once you have been vaccinated, it takes several weeks to build up immunity to the COVID virus. Therefore it is important to continue to follow social distancing, mask wearing, and hand washing guidelines.
Posted: to Board Of Health News on Thu, Feb 11, 2021
Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2021