Easthampton, Northampton offering free vaccine clinics

  • Karen Newton, left, a pharmacist at Walgreens, administers a COVID-19 vaccination to Lathrop Retirement Community resident Marney Smith, 88, right after Smith’s husband, Fred Smith, 96, at right, received his shot during a vaccine clinic at the senior living community in Easthampton on Jan. 18, 2021. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 7/23/2021 12:57:38 PM

EASTHAMPTON — People who have yet to receive a COVID-19 vaccine can get shots at two vaccine clinics planned for Monday in Easthampton, or any Wednesday or Thursday in Northampton.

The Easthampton Health Department and Northampton Public Health will hold two walk-up vaccine clinics in Easthampton on Monday: one at the Easthampton Community Center from 9 a.m. to noon, and the second in the Big E’s parking lot from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In Northampton, the Health Department is offering walk-up and by-appointment COVID-19 vaccination on Wednesdays in Pulaski Park from 9 a.m. to noon and Thursdays at City Hall in the City Council Chambers from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vaccination slots are available by appointment or on a walk-up basis.

The vaccines are free and do not require insurance, as is the case at all vaccination sites throughout the country.

Easthampton and Northampton will offer the Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson vaccines at the clinics. Everyone age 12 and older are eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and adults 18 and older are eligible for Johnson & Johnson.

The communities are calling for an increase in vaccination rates as COVID-19 cases rise in the state and across the country.

“Vaccines are the most powerful tool we have to control the spread of COVID-19,” the Northampton Health Department said in a statement. “They are excellent at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death from COVID-19.”

Experts attribute the recent COVID-19 spikes in part to the Delta variant of the virus, which is significantly more contagious than the original strain of COVID-19.

“Even though there is no conclusive data that points to significantly increased severity of infection or decreased susceptibility to vaccines and existing treatments, increased transmissibility translates to an increase in the number of infections,” according to the Health Department.

“This alone could again overwhelm our healthcare system,” the statement continued, “and in many parts of the country and the world this is already happening.”

Additionally, lifted COVID-19 restrictions and an increase in travel, indoor visits and larger social circles can also “contribute greatly to the increased circulation of many communicable diseases,” the department said, including COVID-19 and other illnesses.

People with questions about either of the clinics can call 413-587-1216 or text a nurse from the Northampton Health Department at 413-341-4617.

Jacquelyn Voghel can be reached at jvoghel@gazettenet.com.


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