The Big E approved for regional vaccination site

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WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A regional vaccination site was approved for the Big E in West Springfield.

According to State Representative Michael Finn, Mayor Reichelt, Senator Adam Gomez, were notified that the Big E has been approved as a regional vaccination site. There will also be one in Chicopee.

Mayor Reichelt announced the regional vaccine collaborative at the Big E was approved Friday by the Governor’s Office and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The Town of West Springfield will include the communities of Agawam, Westfield, Southwick, Granville, and Tolland to provide vaccination services from the Transportation Building located at Gate 1 of the Big E.

“Yeah, definitely because I think The Big E is a big part of this town’s culture I’ve been going there since I was a kid,” said Jacop Citro of West Springfield.

West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt told 22News that the accessibility of The Big E will make it much easier for those in western Massachusetts rural communities.

Mayor Reichelt added, “You have 90 and 91 that intersects right through and even from the hill towns, Granville, Rolland, and end up right in Agawam, and drops you off right here at The Big E.”

The opening date and site operation details have not yet been finalized but will be announced soon.

They have a tentative agreement to hold their vaccination site at the Castle of Knights on Memorial Drive, but again, a start date has not been announced.

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