Booster clinics offered at several area sites this month

  • A nurse draws up the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic that was run by the Vermont Health Department at the Brattleboro, Vt., VFW on Monday, March 15, 2021. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP) Kristopher Radder

Staff Writer
Published: 2/1/2022 8:20:48 PM
Modified: 2/1/2022 8:19:21 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Starting on Thursday, the Health Department will offer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots without an appointment for the next two weeks, and surrounding communities are planning vaccine clinics of their own.

Walk-in booster doses of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be available to anyone 12 and older at the Elks Lodge vaccine clinic site, 17 Spring St., Florence.

The schedule is: Feb. 3, 4, 10 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Feb. 7 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then again from 3 to 6 p.m.

Appointments are available for those who prefer to pre-register online at https://www.northamptonma.gov/2219/Vaccine-Clinics.

“Booster doses are a very important next step in this pandemic, particularly with the still-circulating Omicron variant,” Merridith O’Leary, the city’s public health director, said in a statement. “Although case numbers this week are improving, I still strongly encourage all members of the community to be up to date on their vaccination which includes booster doses.”

The Northampton Health Department, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention all recommend Pfizer or Moderna vaccine instead of Johnson & Johnson.

The Southampton Board of Health is sponsoring a vaccine clinic on Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Norris School, 34 Pomeroy Meadow Road. Online pre-registration is required. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available for children 5-11 from 10-11 a.m., and then for those 12 and older from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In Westhampton, a vaccine and booster shot clinic is planned for Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the Hampshire Regional High School cafeteria, 19 Stage Road. Appointments are available for people 12 and older from 2:30-5 p.m.

One week later, on Feb. 16, Easthampton’s Mountain View School, 200 Park St., will host an appointment-only vaccine clinic for people 12 and older from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and ages 5-11 from 4-5:30 p.m. A second clinic will be offered on March 9.

Northampton’s vaccine clinic website features links to register for the Southampton, Westhampton and Easthampton clinics, as well.

All COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots are free and no health insurance or ID is required.

Brian Steele can be reached at bsteele@gazettenet.com.

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