First Responder Vaccines in Pittsfield

Vaccinations for people in Phase Two are still on to start Tuesday in the Berkshires, despite a winter storm arriving Monday. 

PITTSFIELD — An official helping to oversee COVID-19 vaccinations says centers in Berkshire County will try to preserve appointments for Tuesday’s start of the next phase — but a winter storm could affect that.

Laura Kittross, director of the Berkshire County Boards of Health Association, said no action had been taken as of Sunday evening to cancel appointments.

Though Monday is the start of Phase Two in the vaccine rollout, when people age 75 and over eligible to receive shots, the first clinics in the Berkshires are scheduled for Tuesday.

“Right now we are hoping to go forward,” Kittross said by email Sunday in response to questions. “Hopefully most of the snow will happen Monday and Monday night and be winding down by the time the clinics start Tuesday afternoon,” she said. “That’s the plan right now, though obviously we will continue to evaluate tomorrow and Tuesday.”

Kittross said that if the storm affects the ability of clinics to begin the vaccinations as scheduled on Tuesday, people with appointments will be alerted through email messages. “If Tuesday needs to be cancelled, the hotline and website will be updated and we will send an email to the email address on file for each registrant,” Kittross said.

The signup process for vaccines has been marked by frustration. Officials have offered assurances that more appointments will be made available in the weeks ahead. Berkshire County leads the state in the number of residents vaccinated so far, based on population. 

vaccination map

The state's website shows locations for public clinics across Massachusetts. In the Berkshires, the majority of vaccinations are expected to take place at major clinics run by local public health officials, Berkshire Health Systems and Community Health Programs. Some people also have been able to receive vaccines at local pharmacies. 

To make an appointment, visit maimmunizations.org, a state-operated website. People also can visit mass.gov/covidvaccine to check on their eligibility for a vaccine and to get information on pharmacies offering a limited number of vaccination appointments.

People without access to the internet can call the following numbers to reach local councils on aging:

Adams: 413-743-8333

Dalton: 413-684-2000

Great Barrington: 413-528-1881

Lee: 413-243-5545

Lenox: 413-637-4787

North Adams: 413-662-3125

Pittsfield: 413-499-9346

Sheffield: 413-229-7037

Williamstown: 413-458-8250

Larry Parnass can be reached at lparnass@berkshireeagle.com and 413-588-8341.

Investigations editor

Larry Parnass, investigations editor, joined The Eagle in 2016 from the Daily Hampshire Gazette, where he was editor in chief. His freelance work has appeared in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Hartford Courant and CommonWealth Magazine.