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The Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative and the Berkshire Eagle will host a virtual panel at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, to answer vaccine and COVID-19 questions ahead of the state's reopening.

The panel will air on Pittsfield Community Television and will also be streamed live on The Berkshire Eagle website and at Facebook.com/berkshire.eagle, and will be shared here following the event. 

County health care leaders will address vaccine hesitancy, guidance for the vaccinated, the upcoming state regulation rollback and more.

The panelists are:

— Dr. James Lederer, Jr., chief medical officer and chief quality officer at Berkshire Health Systems.

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— Dr. Mark Pettus, director of population health and community care at Berkshire Health Systems.

— Michelle Derr, director of South Berkshire WIC and family services with Community Health Programs and vaccine coordinator for the CHP mobile health unit.

— Heather Barbieri, director of emergency management at Fairview Hospital and coordinator of the Berkshire Collaborative COVID-19 vaccine clinics and testing sites in South County.

The Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative and the Berkshire Eagle, in partnership with Pittsfield Community Television, presented the virtual event “Building Community Immunity,” a discussion with local health leaders about the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, May 27, 2021.

As the State begins to re-open at the beginning of the summer season, local health experts discuss the latest COVID and vaccine news, address myths about the vaccine and vaccine hesitancy, and detail what to expect at clinics in the Berkshire community.

The program is moderated by Francesca Paris, reporter for The Berkshire Eagle.

Featuring:

--Dr. James Lederer, Jr., Chief Medical Officer/Chief Quality Officer at Berkshire Health Systems,

--Dr. Mark Pettus, Director of Population Health and Community Care at Berkshire Health Systems,

--Michelle Derr, Community Health Programs’ Director of South Berkshire WIC and Family Services and vaccine coordinator for the CHP mobile health unit, and

--Heather Barbieri, director of Emergency Management at Fairview Hospital and coordinator of the Berkshire Collaborative COVID-19 vaccine clinics and testing sites in South County.

Francesca Paris can be reached at fparis@berkshireeagle.com and 510-207-2535.

Francesca Paris is The Eagle's data and public records reporter. She was previously the North Adams reporter. A California native and Williams College alumna, she has worked at NPR in Washington, D.C. and WBUR in Boston. Find her on Twitter at @fparises.