EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – The COVID-19 vaccine is available to first responders in Massachusetts as part of the distribution plan for the state.
According to the East Longmeadow Fire Chief, Paul Morrissette, the fire department and health department have started to vaccinate police officers and firefighters from East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Hampden, Wilbraham, Ludlow, Chicopee, and Palmer.
22News was there as the Chicopee Fire Chief received his first dose of the Moderna vaccine in East Longmeadow Monday afternoon.
The clinic will be run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every day until January 22nd.
East Longmeadow Fire Chief Paul Morrissette told 22News that about 65 percent of his department has signed up so far, “If it’s the for the greater good, we’re all involved, and we can get this out to the public, on our end, we’re forward facing, we see these people very often, and if we can at least stop some of it from spreading, it’s a great idea.”
Chief Morrissette said first responders will be getting reminder emails after three weeks so they can schedule their second dose of the vaccine.
More than 100 sites across the state are planning to offer the shots to first responders, many of which will serve those working in a particular community or region.