Mayor Vieau says Chicopee is ready to open mass vaccination site with state approval

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Chicopee announced they are ready to open a regional mass vaccination site but they are just waiting on getting more doses.

The city has a tentative agreement to hold the vaccination site at the Castle of Knights on Memorial Drive. It has the capacity to serve 750 people per day, 5 days a week.

The site is in partnership with South Hadley, Granby, and Holyoke. It will be operated by each municipalities, paramedics and nurses as well as AIC’s nursing department and the Hampden County Sherriff’s Department.

Chicopee officials added that the state warned them to be ready but patient. The site can’t open until there are enough vaccines.

According to last week’s risk assessment report by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Chicopee is in the “red zone.” Chicopee has added 258 COVID-19 cases over the last two weeks, totaling 4,555 cases overall. Their positive test rate is 5.31 percent putting them firmly in the state’s high-risk category.

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Chicopee residents who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can get tested at the RiverMills Senior Center between 8:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays only. The Chicopee COVID Test Site Form is not required but may cut down on wait time.

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