West Springfield: Eastern States Exposition COVID-19 vaccine site

Hampden County

West of the River Regional Collaborative Vaccine Site

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A regional vaccine clinic has opened in Hampden County Tuesday at the Eastern States Exposition Grounds in West Springfield.

It was a different kind of feel on the Big E fairgrounds Tuesday. Usually when there are many people gathering a fair is going on, but instead people are getting their vaccine.

“It’s certainly very exciting, it makes it so much more accessible and convenient in this area to have a site right here in town,” said West Springfield resident Joanna Negron, who was the first person vaccinated at the site. “It’s a weight off my shoulders.”

The vaccination site will be open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The site be able to administer 1,250 doses per day.

Of those weekly doses, 25 percent will be reserved for people who live in West Springfield, Agawam, Westfield, Southwick, Granville, and Tolland, but the site is available to everyone in the state. Beginning April 26, communities will have a designated day as follows:

  • Mondays: West Springfield
  • Tuesdays: Agawam
  • Wednesdays: Westfield
  • Thursdays: Southwick
  • Fridays: Tolland and Granville

“When we applied, we had to show a need for our area which is why we are doing it that way and the state requires us to provide equity to the area so we found this is the best way to do it. And it’s a little Big E-esq. We wanted to incorporate all that they brought to the table into our site,” said Carly Camossi, Chief Operations of the site.

And getting the vaccine was exactly what hundreds had in mind to get back to a normal world.

Westfield resident Mike Leonard told 22News, “I think as many people who are willing to get it should get it. I don’t think anyone should be forced to but I personally believe it’s a great idea and we can start to get back to normal life.”

The clinic will be administering the Moderna vaccine which is only approved for people 18 years or older. Massachusetts expanded the eligibility for residents that are 16 years or older to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Pfizer is the only vaccine currently approved for people 16 and 17.

“I think the bottom line is if people want to be healthy and they want to travel and they want to be around their family they should get the vaccine done,” said Negron.

You can make an appointment on the town’s website if you’re a West Springfield resident or through the state’s vaccine sign-up website. You will not be allowed on the grounds without an appointment.

If you need assistance making an appointment please call the West Springfield Senior Center at 413-263-3264 or call the state’s hotline at 211. Mayor Will Reichelt says new appointments will go live every Wednesday.

Eugene J. Cassidy, president and CEO of ESE, said, “Eastern States Exposition is perfectly positioned to host this vaccination site. Located at the ‘Crossroads of New England,’ it is accessible from all points within the state. We have a 105-year history of being an outstanding citizen and want to help our community and the Commonwealth get the vaccine to residents as quickly as possible. Our setting is recognizable to millions, is safe and convenient, and easy to navigate.”

West Springfield COVID-19 Cases

The Department of Public Health report, which reports new COVID data every Thursday, listed West Springfield in the “red zone”. A red zone means more than 25 COVID cases were reported in the last 14 days.

West Springfield has a total of 2,727 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. Of those cases, 138 were reported in the last two weeks which is 33.6 of the 14-day average daily incidence rate.

West Springfield residents vaccination report

As of last Thursday, West Springfield has a total of 6,214 individuals fully vaccinated out of 29,348 residents. There are 9,647 individuals with at least one dose.

  • 0-19 Years
    • Population: 6,380
    • Proportion of town population: 22%
    • Individuals with at least one dose: 129
    • Individuals with at least one dose per capita: 2%
    • Proportion of town individuals with at least one dose: 1%
    • Fully vaccinated individuals: 46
    • Fully vaccinated individuals per capita: 1%
    • Proportion of town fully vaccinated individuals: 1%
    • Partially vaccinated individuals: 83
    • Partially vaccinated individuals per capita: 1%
    • Proportion of town partially vaccinated individuals: 2%
  • 20-29 Years
    • Population: 4,268
    • Proportion of town population: 15%
    • Individuals with at least one dose: 829
    • Individuals with at least one dose per capita: 19%
    • Proportion of town individuals with at least one dose: 9%
    • Fully vaccinated individuals: 453
    • Fully vaccinated individuals per capita:11%
    • Proportion of town fully vaccinated individuals: 7%
    • Partially vaccinated individuals: 376
    • Partially vaccinated individuals per capita: 9%
    • Proportion of town partially vaccinated individuals: 11%
  • 30-49 Years
    • Population: 7,367
    • Proportion of town population: 25%
    • Individuals with at least one dose: 2,344
    • Individuals with at least one dose per capita: 32%
    • Proportion of town individuals with at least one dose: 24%
    • Fully vaccinated individuals: 1,420
    • Fully vaccinated individuals per capita: 19%
    • Proportion of town fully vaccinated individuals: 23%
    • Partially vaccinated individuals: 924
    • Partially vaccinated individuals per capita: 13%
    • Proportion of town partially vaccinated individuals: 27%
  • 50-64 Years
    • Population: 6,151
    • Proportion of town population: 21%
    • Individuals with at least one dose: 2,635
    • Individuals with at least one dose per capita: 43%
    • Proportion of town individuals with at least one dose: 27%
    • Fully vaccinated individuals: 1,483
    • Fully vaccinated individuals per capita: 24%
    • Proportion of town fully vaccinated individuals: 24%
    • Partially vaccinated individuals: 1,152
    • Partially vaccinated individuals per capita: 19%
    • Proportion of town partially vaccinated individuals: 34%
  • 65-74 Years
    • Population: 3,066
    • Proportion of town population: 10%
    • Individuals with at least one dose: 2,106
    • Individuals with at least one dose per capita: 69%
    • Proportion of town individuals with at least one dose: 22%
    • Fully vaccinated individuals: 1,437
    • Fully vaccinated individuals per capita: 47%
    • Proportion of town fully vaccinated individuals: 23%
    • Partially vaccinated individuals: 669
    • Partially vaccinated individuals per capita: 22%
    • Proportion of town partially vaccinated individuals: 19%
  • 75+ Years
    • Population: 2,115
    • Proportion of town population:7%
    • Individuals with at least one dose: 1,604
    • Individuals with at least one dose per capita: 76%
    • Proportion of town individuals with at least one dose: 17%
    • Fully vaccinated individuals: 1,375
    • Fully vaccinated individuals per capita: 65%
    • Proportion of town fully vaccinated individuals: 22%
    • Partially vaccinated individuals: 229
    • Partially vaccinated individuals per capita: 11%
    • Proportion of town partially vaccinated individuals: 7%
  • Total
    • Population: 29,348
    • Proportion of town population: 100%
    • Individuals with at least one dose: 9,647
    • Individuals with at least one dose per capita: 33%
    • Proportion of town individuals with at least one dose: 100%
    • Fully vaccinated individuals: 6,214
    • Fully vaccinated individuals per capita: 21%
    • Proportion of town fully vaccinated individuals: 100%
    • Partially vaccinated individuals: 3,433
    • Partially vaccinated individuals per capita: 12%
    • Proportion of town partially vaccinated individuals:100%

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