Council on Aging Daily Update

Updates, Friday March 12th, 2021

Alrighty then…I’m hearing reports of people who have been given private links from their friends, coworkers, neighbors, anybody, which have magically allowed access to the Covid clinics and thus the opportunity to make an appointment. Then elation turns to angst as, tragically the individuals who use these private links are advised electronically that their appointments are cancelled, or worse, turned away at the door..

. It has caused a lot of frustration and serious upset in the Williamstown and neighboring communities. I would love to say that I’m sorry, and I really  am sorry that people had to go through this torture however, on the other hand, those folks used a link that was specifically meant for second shots only and got caught. I’m not sorry that you got caught and if you use someone else’s link, you’re preventing someone who has a legitimate claim on a second shot from getting one.

 The doses drawn at clinics are determined by the number of designated individuals in the queue. For example,  if there are 300 people receiving notification that their second shot is available via a private link and, let’s say 30 people share the link with friends and family who sign up, then that is 30 people who won’t be able to get their second shot because the appointments will have been taken by someone else.And…those 30 people will be tossed out via email or at the door.The links very clearly ask that you not share them so don’t do it. I understand that everyone has had a very long year and vaccines are a way to  normalcy. Everyone will have the chance in time. Don’t jump the line. You’re hurting two people if you do;the person for whom second shot clinics are designed and yourself when you are kicked out.

Here’s more  on the subject of normalcy; This information comes from the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative with a very  little curatorial assistance from me. These are all preliminary folks but they give hope for the future eh? 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offered the first set of public health recommendations ( that’s a link…)for people fully vaccinated from COVID-19. This guidance will be updated and expanded based on the level of community spread of SARS-CoV-2, the proportion of the population that is fully vaccinated, and the rapidly evolving science on COVID-19 vaccines.

According to the CDC’s guidance, fully vaccinated people can:

Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing. Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing. Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to take precautions in public like wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing

Wear masks, practice physical distancing, and adhere to other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease

Wear masks, maintain physical distance, and practice other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households .Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms Follow guidance issued by individual employers Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

Meanwhile, Massachusetts has  established a vaccine pre registration system link;https://www.mass.gov/info-details/preregister-for-a-covid-19-vaccine-appointment which was activated today,  March 12, will make it easier to request and schedule an appointment at one of the 7 mass vaccination locations. Eligible people can preregister for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at mass vaccination locations only. More locations will be added to the system in April.This means us Berkshire County dwellers…

Once you sign up for preregistration, you’ll receive weekly status updates. You can opt out at any time if you find an appointment elsewhere.

Due to constrained federal supply, constrained is a good way to put it, it will take several weeks to be notified about available appointments at mass vaccination locations. Once an appointment is available, you’ll be contacted with the opportunity to book the appointment and have 24 hours to accept it 

Good weekend all!

Brian

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