Big E COVID-19 vaccination site start date announced

Hampden County

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The vaccination site at the Big E in West Springfield will start on April 20.

Mayor Will Reichelt announced Thursday that COVID-19 vaccinations will start at the Eastern States Exposition regional vaccination site at Noon that Tuesday. The site will be administering the Moderna vaccine and appointments will be made available on Wednesday, April 14 online.

Gene Cassidy, President of the Eastern States Exposition, told 22News, “Getting the vaccination to as many people as possible is the pathway for the Commonwealth. “We are so proximate to Springfield, it makes absolute sense, as many vaccinations should be distributed here.”

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.

“The Big E can handle the traffic, we have a great plan to keep it on the grounds. I think starting out on 1,500 week, it’ll be good to phase in but we can do 1,500 a day,” said West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt

Massachusetts residents 16 years or older are expected to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination on April 19.

Cassidy also said they are planning for a “full-fledged” opening for the Big E on September 17th this year.

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