Vaccine clinic expands reach in Hilltowns

  • In this Feb. 25, 2021, file photo, vials for the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are displayed on a tray at a clinic. AP FILE PHOTO/CHARLES KRUPA

Staff Writer
Published: 5/5/2021 6:33:06 AM

HUNTINGTON – Hilltown Community Health Centers is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination clinic in town to include all residents of Huntington, Middlefield and Chester ages 18 and older. The centers also is looking to provide vaccine access to even more people in the near future.

The vaccine is available at the clinic for all patients of Hilltown Community Health Centers ages 18 and older, and the nonprofit is now offering the vaccine at the Huntington clinic to all residents of the three towns ages 18 and older as well.

Eliza Lake, Hilltown Community Health Centers’ chief executive officer, said that she expected the program to be expanded to other towns, once more is known about the demand for the vaccine and the organization’s supply.

“As soon as we can we will absolutely expand it to other Hilltowns,” she said.

Lake said that the clinic in Huntington has been serving about 300 people a week, and she expects that to expand to at least 500 with this new effort. She also said the clinic is offering the Moderna vaccine, and that some clinics may offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as well.

“As the clinic’s capacity allows, and on a rolling basis, eligibility will open to other Hilltown communities’ residents,” the clinic announced. “HCHC will use Massachusetts Department of Public Health data on towns’ vaccination rates to ensure that the schedule of eligible communities is based on need.”

The clinic runs on Thursdays and Fridays. People interested in getting the vaccine can call 413-667-3009 ext. 261. Those interested in volunteering at the clinic can call 413-667-3009 ext. 255.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.

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