Council on Aging Update

Update, Monday April 19th, 2021

It’s true, today is actually a holiday and while I’m here doing this bit of scribbling, we are actually closed today. It’s Patriots Day in Massachusetts. So in honor of that long ago event I popped in to play Paul Revere for a moment,he actually rode out on April 18th so we’re in the ballpark here, right? So here goes;

“The vaccines are coming, the vaccines are coming”!

There is a new batch of 300 first dose Pfizer and it will be here on Thursday April 22nd thus there will be slots available for new, first jabs that afternoon. The clinic is set to run from 12-5 Thursday afternoon. Your opportunity to get in line for a first vaccine begins TODAY, Monday April 19th at 6:00 when the appointment site goes live. You should get online at 5:30 ish at www.getvaccinatedberkshires.org so you can be in the waiting room when appointments become available.

If you are a second shot recipient, I don’t have to remind you not to share your personalized links with other people now do I?

Oh. Speaking of second shots, if you’re a Williams student and received your first vaccine in some other state, you will be able to get your second shot here. You will still have to formally register via the website, there is a spot on the drop down, it’s the very first question, which says something about having gotten your first vaccine in a different state, you’ll want to choose this option. If you get an appointment, you must bring your vaccination card and a photo ID with you. Obvious right?

A couple weeks ago we were able to offer some “one and done” J and J vaccines locally in North Adams. I’m sure that everyone now knows that it was yanked from the vaccine lineup due to safety concerns following the vaccine. So, if you have received the J&J COVID-19 vaccine and develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination, contact your healthcare provider, or seek medical care.

Report adverse events, including severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination, following receipt of any COVID-19 vaccine to your healthcare provider as well as to the CDC’s V-Safe After Vaccination Health Checker app.V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s a link; 

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/vsafe.html

By the way, Paul Revere likely never shouted anything like “The British are coming” because after all, everyone was a British citizen….

Brian

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