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.
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:
Great Barrington: 413-528-1881
North Adams: 413-662-3125