Who is eligible?

Everyone age 12 or older who lives, works or studies in Massachusetts is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccines are free for everyone, regardless of insurance status, and will not impact your immigration status. Find a more detailed eligibility list here.


How do I get a vaccine?

Vaccines are available seven days a week, for walk-ins, across the county. Visit getvaccinatedberkshires.org for details.

The Pittsfield COVID-19 Testing Center is open for vaccination from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily at 505 East Street

The North Adams COVID-19 Testing Center is open for vaccination from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at 98 Church Street.

Fairview Hospital is administering vaccinations on-site at the hospital from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at 29 Lewis Ave, Great Barrington.

Check mass.gov/covidvaccinemap to see which local pharmacies and other providers are giving vaccines. You may be able to find pharmacy appointments at vaxfinder.mass.gov.


I got my first dose, but I haven't received a registration link for my second yet.

Don't worry! Second dose clinic links typically go out shortly after the first dose clinic but may take more time. 


Will I need to show proof of residency?

You will need to bring ID to show that you are the same person who made the appointment but you will not need to show proof of residence in Massachusetts. Second homeowners and part-time residents are eligible, and you will not be asked to show that you live here.


Support our journalism. Subscribe today. →

Which vaccine should I get?

You will be able to see which type of vaccine you are getting before you complete the sign-up process, but local, state and federal health officials have discouraged vaccine shopping. 

All three vaccine authorized in the U.S. proved highly effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths in clinical trials that enrolled tens of thousands of people. Continuing studies have shown significant efficacy against variants as well. 


What if I can’t get to a site?

If you are a Berkshire County resident with a disability, you can reach out to AdLib, a Pittsfield-based nonprofit that is offering no-cost transportation to vaccination sites in collaboration with County Rainbow Taxi. Call 413-281-7328, and the company will give your name to County Rainbow Taxi. This is only for residents with disabilities.

Other residents with transportation or registration issues can call Berkshire Mutual Aid at 413-591-0611 or email them at HelpingBerkshiresVaccinate@gmail.com. Some councils on aging across the county can also help with transportation.


What should I bring to and expect from my appointment?

Bring identification and your self-attestation form. Wear a short-sleeve shirt or loose-fitting sleeves. Expect any lines to move quickly, as they have at previous clinics. Local coordinators have asked recipients not to arrive more than 10 minutes early, especially those with morning appointments, to avoid creating lines.

There will be wheelchairs available, chairs to wait in and greeters helping you navigate through the process. You will be asked to wait 15 minutes after the shot, or 30 minutes for people with a history of severe anaphylaxis, at socially-distanced stations.


 I have more questions, where should I go?

Visit getvaccinatedberkshires.org or mass.gov/covidvaccine for more details. You can also email questions to fparis@berkshireeagle.com.

The following information sources also are available:

• The city of Pittsfield is providing access by phone to regular updates about access to the vaccine in the city and in Berkshire County. A recorded message is posted at 413-449-5575.

• A statewide call center is available to help people schedule vaccination appointments. The hours for the call line are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The help line is available by calling 2-1-1.


Who is eligible? How will I know when new appointments are posted? How long will it take us to get through the current part of Phase Two? What counts as a comorbidity? Will I need to show proof that I am eligible? What if I can’t get to a site? and more.