CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Chicopee opened a new COVID-19 vaccination site at the RiverMills Senior Center Monday morning.
This is the first Chicopee COVID-19 vaccination site to open in the city that isn’t a pharmacy and it won’t be the last.
The new site located at 5 West Main Street in the garden room on the lower level will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. There will be Saturday appointments available as doses are available.
“Collectively our success depends on the entire city. The vaccine is here. Please take advantage of this opportunity. Make your appointment so we can get back to the new normal. We can get back to social events, the congregations, the community events that mean so much to the city of Chicopee,” Chicopee mayor, John Vieau, told 22News.
The city expects to be able to administer up to 160 doses of the Moderna vaccine every weekday.
The Moderna vaccine is only for people 18 years and older. You must pre-register to get the vaccine.
To do so you can call 413-534-3698 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The site is a collaboration with Holyoke Health Center.
Chicopee currently has nine COVID-19 vaccination locations but they’re all at pharmacies, this site is the first location run by the city and their partners.
“We are looking forward to the next few months of maintaining a presence in Chicopee to make sure that everybody who wants a vaccine, will get a vaccine,” Holyoke Health Center Executive Director, Jay Breines, told 22News.
Chicopee residents who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can get also tested at the RiverMills Senior Center between 8:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays only.
The City says on their website the regional COVID-19 vaccination site, set to open at the Castle of Knights, will have the capacity to vaccinate up to 800 doses a day. That site opens on Wednesday.
“We’re in that last leg here. We have to make sure that we get everyone vaccine we can’t give up and take it lightly at this point,” Breines continued.
People getting their first dose at the RiverMills Senior Center will get their second appointment scheduled before leaving.