COVID-19 Vaccine in Franklin County
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 prek–12 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.
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.
- Friday, March 5th, 2021
- Weds, March 3, 2021
- Friday, February 26, 2021
- Tuesday, February 23, 2021
- Friday, February 19th, 2021
- Friday, February 12th, 2021
- Friday, February 5th, 2021
- Friday, January 29th, 2021
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.
- Watch The Public Health Institute of Western MA Vaccine Webinar
- Watch The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Committee Covid Vaccine Information Sessions
- Watch January 28, 2021 Franklin County Vaccine Rollout Session with Senator Comerford and the FRCOG
- Volunteer with the Western Massachusetts Medical Reserve Corps
- Vaccination Communications Tool Kit from the CDC (posters, hand outs, fact sheets, and other resources for health care messaging to the general public)