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**COVID-19 VACCINE – FRANKLIN COUNTY INFORMATION**

COVID-19 Vaccine in Franklin County

Who’s Eligible?

Massachusetts is in the second of three vaccination phases and currently focusing on priority populations. Massachusetts residents 65 and older and residents 16 and older with two specific health conditions are eligible for the vaccine. Caregivers for eligible people over 75 may receive a vaccine if they schedule the appointment at the same time and accompany the eligible person to their appointment. As of March 11, child care and prek12 school staff will also be eligible. However,  Vaccine availability is still very limited. 

Where to get Vaccinated and When to look for appointments

There are many places to schedule a vaccine appointment. Vaccine supply is limited, but we expect availability will increase over the upcoming weeks.

Those able to travel are encouraged to schedule appointments at the High Volume Vaccination Sites:

  •  UMass Amherst  posts new appointments Friday at 6 PM
  • The Eastfield Mall in Springfield. posts new vaccination spots at these sites Thursday mornings around 8/8:30 AM.
  • Baystate Health’s Holyoke Vaccine Clinic gets new vaccines weekly, and the registration link turns off when there is none left. Check early in the week for information. https://www.baystatehealth.org/covid19/vaccine
  • Baystate Franklin Medical Center has occasional clinics and they can be accessed at the same link above.  There will be a clinic there on 3/11.

Pharmacies:  CVS posts new vaccination spots each early morning (5:30/6 AM). Click this link to register at Big Y,

Franklin County Doctor’s Offices and Health Centers are scheduling appointments with their patients when they have vaccine, though there is very little vaccine going to primary care practices at this time. Please do not call about vaccinations, when one is available they will call you to schedule an appointment.

Local Clinics are open throughout the county as part of a state-approved regional collaboration. These clinics intended to support Franklin County residents and are a coordinated effort between many stakeholders in our region. Greenfield maintains a weekly clinic and FRCOG clinics are rotating between Deerfield, Bernardston, Buckland, and Montague (sites and locations may change based on vaccine availability and other factors). Times, dates, locations, and private registration links for upcoming clinics are posted Monday morning and released in coordination with our regional partners.

The City of Greenfield’s clinic is open weekly at the Jon Zon Senior Center.  You can also call them at 413-775-6411.

The South County Clinic in Deerfield concluded the week of February 22 and is expected to return the Tree House Brewery for second dose vaccines in March. Additional first dose vaccinations at this site will depend on vaccine availability over the next weeks/month.

The West County Clinic in Buckland concluded on Saturday, February 27th.  The clinic will return for second dose vaccines at the Mohawk Trail Regional High School in March. Additional first dose vaccinations at this site will depend on vaccine availability over the next weeks/month.

The North County Clinic in Bernardston will be held  on March 8 and March 9 at Kringle Candle’s The Barn at the Farm Table, 220 South Street, Bernardston. Registration is currently full.

A Central County Clinic in Montague expected to be held at the Franklin County Technical School, 82 Industrial Blvd, Turners Falls on March 12th and March 13th. As of Friday 3/5 at 5:30 PM we do not have information about vaccine allocations for the Central County clinics.  Our hope is that we will hear over the weekend and links to register for this clinic will be posted Monday, March 8, after twelve noon, assuming we have a vaccine allocation for that week. 

Planning for an East County Clinic in Orange on March 13 is underway. This clinic will operate as a collaboration between the Town of Orange and the FRCOG. Opening this clinic as another regional site is dependent on vaccine supply to our County in the coming weeks/months. As of Friday 3/5 at 5:30 PM we do not have information about vaccine allocations for the East County clinic.  Our hope is that we will hear over the weekend and links to register for this clinic will be posted Monday, March 8, after twelve noon, assuming we have a vaccine allocation for that week.   

**Please do not contact any of these vaccination site venues with questions, they will not have any vaccine information.  Information about these clinics will be posted on this website or recorded on our hotline 413-774-3167 extension 153.**

Franklin County Vaccine Information Updates

These situation reports including key updates for the Franklin County vaccination effort are released each Friday afternoon and more often as needed.

The County has agreed to a unified vaccination plan coordinated by the FRCOG. This plan is a living document and changes as needed. You can see it here: Franklin County Vaccination Plan, updated February 12th, 2021

State Vaccination reports from the state are released daily and weekly: MA daily and weekly vaccination reports.

FRCOG’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline

Regularly updated message about vaccine availability, call 413-774-3167 extension 153. Please share this number with anyone who prefers to receive information over the phone.

Transcript of the most recent hotline update: Hotline Message 3-4-21

Resources for Seniors

For help scheduling an appointment, arranging transportation, or if you are a home-bound person, call LifePath at 413-829-9285.

People without access to the internet can get help scheduling an appointment at a state run vaccination site call 2-1-1.

Additional Resources

COVID Testing Options: March

Testing for asymptomatic people (people who are not currently sick):

Testing for people with symptoms:

  • Medical Providers with onsite testing for their patients include CHFCFC, Baystate Medical Practices (at drive-through across the street from BFMC), Valley Medical Group (Mondays and Fridays 8-4 in Greenfield with an appointment).

Community One Stop for Growth

The Community One Stop for Growth is a new, single application portal for municipal governments to access 10 state funding programs for community and infrastructure projects. Check out www.mass.gov/onestop for details about the different funding programs, the schedule of important dates, and to access webinars about how to apply. The Commonwealth is encouraging municipalities to submit “expressions of interest” that identify up to five projects that need funding. These expressions of interest can be submitted from February 8 to April 2, 2021. Based on this information, the Commonwealth will provide guidance regarding how to proceed. Full applications are due no later than June 4, 2021.

New Round of Commonwealth Places

MassDevelopment’s Commonwealth Places program has a new funding round to support economic recovery from COVID-19 through community placemaking. The purpose is to support projects that create destinations for residents and visitors to shop or dine. Eligible applicants, such as non-profits and other community groups, can apply for seed grants (between $250 to $7,500) or implementation grants (up to $10,000 unmatched, or up to $50,000 matched by crowdfunding donations).  Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until June 30,2021.

For more details, go to: https://www.massdevelopment.com/what-we-offer/real-estate-services/commonwealth-places

New Small Business Grant Program

To help the Commonwealth’s small businesses, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a new financial assistance program (link to press release).

The Mass. Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) is administering the state’s Sector-Specific Relief Grant Program for Massachusetts Businesses, which seeks to award grants to businesses in need of financial support due to COVID-19 pandemic related loss of income.

The industry sectors given preference for this program include:

  • Restaurants and bars
  • Indoor recreation or entertainment establishments
  • Gyms or fitness centers
  • Personal services
  • Event support professionals
  • Brick-and-mortar retailers

Applications are due January 15, 2021. For details go to: https://www.empoweringsmallbusiness.org/covid-19-response/sector-specific-relief-grant-program-massachusetts-businesses

MA Drought Alert

Please be aware that Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides declared a Level 1-Mild Drought in all seven regions of the Commonwealth. Please see  MA Drought Alert – December 2020 for information on the current drought conditions and how communities can mitigate and prepare for long-term drought impacts.

For more information on the current drought conditions, and technical guidance regarding drought management actions, please visit www.mass.gov/ma-drought-management.

 

 

New Local Rapid Recovery Planning Program

The Commonwealth opened a new state technical assistance program to support local governments in revitalizing downtowns and commercial districts.  Called Local Rapid Recovery Planning, applications are being accepted through December 18, 2020 at 3 pm. All municipalities are eligible to apply, and non-profit entities, such as Business Improvement Districts, Main Street organizations or Community Development Corporations, are eligible to lead the planning process with local government support. For more information, go to https://edit.mass.gov/forms/local-rapid-recovery-planning-application.

COVID-19 Data and Updates

For an archive of all the emails sent by the state on re-opening, click here
For a Franklin County data dashboard from the Public Health Institute of Western MA, click here.
For the state’s COVID data page, click here.
For the latest situation reports from the MA COVID Command Center, click here.
For the COG’s COVID Municipal Resources Page click here.
For the COG’s Board of Health COVID Resources Page click here.
For local public health COVID case management contacts (public health nurses), click here. 
For the Region 1 Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition, click here.
For resources and guidance for businesses, organizations, entrepreneurs, and job seekers, click here.

Click here for testing resources

 

 

To read the FRCOG’s Municipal Leader COVID-19 updates:

COVID Winter Holiday Safety Tips

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New rounds of the MassDOT Shared Streets & Spaces Grant

MassDOT has announced new funding for the Shared Streets and Spaces Program to help municipalities address the challenges of winter and the ongoing public health crisis. This new phase of the Shared Streets and Spaces Program is called Shared Winter Streets and Spaces. The program provides grants from $5,000 to $300,000 for quick-build improvements to sidewalks, curbs, streets, on-street parking spaces, and off-street parking lots in support of public health, safe mobility, and renewed commerce.

MassDOT has allocated $10 million for this program. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and decisions will be made in four rounds. The deadlines for the 4 rounds are December 4th, January 5th, January 29th, and February 26th. Please note that this review schedule is different from the first, summer version of the Shared Streets and Spaces Program.

For further details about the program go to https://www.mass.gov/shared-winter-streets-and-spaces-grant-program.