Board of Health Update

COVID Vaccine in Franklin County

COVID vaccine in Franklin County?

This is an update as of 1/25/21 -- note that this is an ever-evolving situation, and plans will change.

What is the FRCOG (Franklin Regional Council of Governments) doing to help? Vaccine Hotline (recorded message) 774-3167 x. 153

· Planning for mass vaccination: Our emergency preparedness and public health staff are working with the region’s Emergency Dispensing Site Teams and the REPC (Regional Emergency Planning Committee) and MAPHCO (Mohawk Area Public Health Coalition) emergency planning coalitions to come up with a regional vaccination plan that is efficient and accessible.

· Identifying resources: The COVID vaccine requires a major investment of staff, equipment, and administrative paperwork -- far more than the flu vaccine. FRCOG is working to address the barriers these requirements present for all of our healthcare and local public health partners. We are tracking all possible financial resources to support COVID clinics in Franklin County, and will share that information when it becomes available. There will be funds made available under the Biden Administration.

Giving input into state plans: Staff meet regularly with state partners, and FRCOG's Phoebe Walker sits on the State Advisory Vaccine Group.

Who is getting the vaccine when?

As you probably know, vaccines will happen in three phases in Massachusetts, with each part of the phase being vaccinated in order. The definitions of these phases get updated twice a week, so we encourage people to check this page frequently.

· Phase 1 is now at a point where all people in Phase 1 categories are eligible to be vaccinated

· As of today, Phase 2 is set to begin February 1, 2021.

Where can people get the vaccine?

All 68,000 people in our county will be offered the vaccine. When it is their turn, people will get their vaccines from many different places, including:

· Primary care practices like Valley Medical Group and Baystate Medical Practices

· The Community Health Center of Franklin County

· Pharmacies that usually give vaccines

· State-supported mass vaccination clinics like the one now open at UMass Amherst

Board of Health clinics organized by health departments and health districts, including CPHS (Cooperative Public Health Service).

How can people help out with vaccine clinics?

The Medical Reserve Corps has offered to screen and manage all regional vaccine clinic volunteers. Volunteers can join at, and FRCOG will be reaching out to everyone who volunteered at flu clinics in the fall to get them involved.

After you receive a vaccine to assist with tracing the vaccine

Sign up with www.Vsafe.CDC.Gov they will send you a daily text message to track your response to receiving the vaccine.

Posted: to Town of Shelburne News on Fri, Jan 29, 2021
Updated: Fri, Jan 29, 2021

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