There has never been a more crucial time to get your COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is the best way to prevent serious illness and hospitalization. It also protects our community and keeps the virus from spreading.
We appreciate that getting vaccinated is a complicated decision for many people. Berkshire Health Systems wants to address any concerns or questions you may have about the COVID-19 vaccine. Here we present information about how the vaccines work as well as links to robust scientific research about their safety and effectiveness. We also want to share some stories from our staff members on why they chose to get vaccinated.
Check this page frequently for new videos and articles to read. Together, we can stop COVID one shot at a time!
Data has shown that COVID-19 impacts some individuals more severely than others, causing critical illness, hospitalization, or even death. Having multiple conditions increases your risk.
People with increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 have one or more of the following conditions:
The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get fully vaccinated. Don’t wait! Get your first dose, second dose, or booster shot today!
The Berkshire County Boards of Health Association will be offering pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinics to children ages 5-11 at schools across the county throughout November, with second dose clinics taking place in December. A complete list of these clinics can be found on the Get Vaccinated Berkshires website.
Vaccination can significantly reduce the risk of your child becoming seriously ill if exposed to COVID-19. While children have been infected with COVID-19 at a lower rate than adults, they can still contract the virus, get sick from the virus, and spread the virus to others. Studies have shown that the pediatric vaccine is very safe and highly effective in clinical trials with thousands of children, and that it protects against the Delta variant as well as older variants of COVID-19. Getting vaccinated is the most effective way to ensure that our children can safely return to their normal social and educational activities.
Appointments are highly recommended. For more information and to make your child’s appointment, please visit getvaccinatedberkshires.org.
Dr. Jason Ogiste, a urologist at Berkshire Health Systems, describes the toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on our communities and how we can protect ourselves and our loved ones by getting vaccinated.
Roberta Baumann, an inpatient social worker at Berkshire Medical Center, shares her experience of becoming seriously ill and being hospitalized with COVID-19 before the vaccines were available and how she is still feeling the effects of her illness today.
Dr. Alex Sabo, Director of Medical Education at Berkshire Medical Center, describes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare workers and how getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your community.
Pietro Hogue, Emergency Operations Specialist at Berkshire Medical Center, shares that he was initially nervous about the COVID-19 vaccine but his concern for his loved ones’ health and safety prompted him to get vaccinated.
Berkshire Health Systems continues to offer COVID-19 booster doses to the community at our locations across the county. We have Pfizer boosters as well as the more recently approved Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters. You are eligible to receive a booster shot if you meet any of the following criteria:
It is recommended that you get the same booster shot as your initial dose(s) of the vaccine. If this is not possible, you can receive a different booster dose (known as “mix-and-match”).
Boosters are available by appointment only in Pittsfield, North Adams, and Great Barrington. You can make an appointment for your COVID-19 booster shot through the Patient Portal. If you need assistance, please call the COVID-19 Hotline (855-262-5465).
If you have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine, you can get vaccinated at one of the BHS Sites across the county. Appointments are required at all locations. Register for an appointment through the Berkshire Patient Portal. If you need assistance, please call 1-855-BMC-LINK (855-262-5465).
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Additionally, BMC Urgent Care (also located at 505 East Street in Pittsfield) is providing vaccine appointments until 7:30 pm.
We are proud to be members of the Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative, a partnership between BHS, the Berkshire County Board of Health Association, CHP, and public health nurses across the county.