CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Chicopee has officially opened a new regional COVID-19 vaccine site Thursday at the Castle of Knights on Memorial Drive.
“It’s so good to finally tell you that we have vaccines in the city,” said Chicopee Health Director Lisa Sanders. “It’s been such a long time coming. It’s hard work, it is not just me.”
The site is located on 1599 Memorial Drive in Chicopee and is in partnership with South Hadley, Granby, and Holyoke. It will be operated by each municipality, paramedics, and nurses as well as AIC’s nursing department and the Hampden County Sherriff’s Department. The site hopes to eventually administer 800 doses a day.
According to Chicopee Mayor John Vieau, appointments to book a COVID-19 vaccine went live on the state’s scheduling website Wednesday. Appointments are required and will be available weekly going forward. The site hopes to administer 800 doses per day. Eligible residents are able to pre-register at https://home.color.com/vaccine/register/chicopee.
“The employers, to make sure, without mandating to give your employees, especially those that are on low wages and can’t afford to give up hours in order to get vaccinated. I encourage you to give them those hours with pay,” said Holyoke Mayor Terry Murphy.
Approximately 1,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine arrived on Tuesday this week after a miscommunication between the city and state over the opening day of the site. It will be open this week, Thursday and Friday, then next week on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“As we continue to move forward with the reopening of this Commonwealth. The key is the vaccinations. And I know it’s controversial and I know people will argue with you but it’s just important,” said Hampden County Sherriff Nick Cocchi.
The Chicopee Health Director told 22News they will have more days as more vaccines become available.