Council on Aging Daily Update

Updates, Tuesday January 26th, 2021

Allrighty then, everyone has likely seen the headlines in one media source or another indicating that folks 75 and older are now eligible for vaccines. Yes, that is very good news and yes there will be clinics. The cavalry is coming! Finally!

Vaccinations for people aged 75 and older will begin to be available starting Monday February 1st. This does not necessarily mean starting Monday February 1st all over Williamstown. At this moment it means that you are eligible. 

There is a registration process to go along with the program, it’s electronic and this means email currently. The registration portal will open tomorrow, Wednesday January 27th at noon. You’ll need to register and make an appointment to receive a vaccination. Locally the larger process in community settings is being handled by Berkshire Health Systems.

If you do not have access to email or need help filing this, let us know here at 413.458.8250 and we’ll see what we can do to help.

 https://www.maimmunizations.org/ is the link. Right now it says phase 1. It will change tomorrow some time.

Here’s another link to locations where you can be vaccinated. You will note that it’s rather sparse here at the moment ;https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-individuals-in-phase-1#find-a-location-to-get-vaccinated-if-eligible-

It also refers to phase 1. That will change.

We do know that Stop and Shop Pharmacy in North Adams has been designated as a vaccination site and they will be able to to vaccinate 100 people per week, by registration and you can find this at www.stopandshop.com/covid-vaccine 

By the way, they are first come first serve. 

Elder Housing complexes, like Proprietors Field for example, will likely have a different track for residents. More to follow.

Until recently, many of us never thought much about what goes into making a vaccine. But now more than ever, it is important to understand the process that makes vaccines quickly and safely available to the public. From the initial research, to testing, to understanding vaccine ingredients and rollouts, this talk will address many of the questions on people’s minds. Lois Banta, a Williams professor and chair of the Biology department will talk about the vaccination process. Professor Banta specializes in Microbiology, Genomics, and Molecular/Cell Biology. She currently teaches courses like Dangerous Exposures: Environment, Immunity, and Infectious Disease at Williams. Her talk will be followed by a short audience Q&A.

This event is free and open to the public. Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://williams.zoom.us/j/92345422660?pwd=OTd0eXJPdlhjODA1ZGlVWTNGdHM4dz09

Here’ the FaceBook page link: https://www.facebook.com/events/252176236498539/

The Attorney General’s office is offering an overview of their actions and programs to assist seniors affected by scams/fraudulent activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. They’ll be talking about preventive measures, protection guidelines, and assistance available to help. Given the challenges people are currently facing in the new abnormal, where to find assistance seems to have led to an increase in activity by the scammer creeps during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The AG’s office is aware of all this, they’ve been involved and hence the following opportunity to participate in a program they’re calling Savvy Consumer Protection Day.

Here’s the link to register: HERE

Our friends at Berkshire SuperGenarians are sponsoring their second virtual event in their healthcare series for older adults. They’ve joined forces with OLLI once more to offer a free event via Zoom on February 4 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm EST It’s titled “Healthcare Does Not Equal Health: Drivers of Health Inequities for Older Adults” and will be presented  by Dr. Lena Makaroun MD, MS who is based at the Center for Health Equity Research & Promotion at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical School The event is free and open to all, but RSVPs are required. Here’s a link: 

www.berkshireolli.wildapricot.org/event/4110900/Registration

Enjoy the snow!

Brian

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