First mass COVID-19 vaccination site in Springfield area opens in two days

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – You are now able to book an appointment to get your COVID-19 vaccine at the Eastfield Mall but, with limited space, it’s expected to fill up quickily.

Preparations are underway inside the former Macy’s at the Eastfield Mall as western Massachusetts’ first mass vaccination site opens Friday. The space has been cleaned and sanitized, and work continues on getting tables set up.

Eastfield Mall Property Manager David Thompson says he’s excited to have the mall as a vaccine distribution site.

“I think it’s a home run for the community and I think it’s a home run for the Mall,” said Thompson. “We are honored to be a part of this ongoing battle against the COVID virus.”

You are now able to make an appointment on the mass.gov website to get your vaccine, only if you are eligible to receive it. That includes those listed under Phase 1 of the state’s vaccine timeline. Phase 2 is expected to begin February 1, which includes adults 75 and older, residents older than 65, along with residents with two or more comorbid health conditions.

Make an appointment here if you’re eligible

The AMR COVID-19 testing site in the parking lot of the Eastfield Mall will remain open once the vaccination site in the former Macy’s opens on Friday. Officials said it is crucial to keep this testing site open through the end of march as the pandemic continues.

“We need to get as many vaccines as we can into the arms of the public,” said Patrick Leonardo, operations manager. “This site is ideal for the location, we have seen it happen for the last 5 months with thousands of people coming to get their COVID test through the AMR Eastfield site and now in conjunction having a host having it inside the mall for the vaccine.”

Springfield: Eastfield Mall

  • Eligible Populations Statewide
  • 1655 Boston Rd, Springfield, MA 01129
  • Site Type: Indoor
  • Instructions at site: Parking can be found on the north end of the mall complex. Both entry and exit can be found on the north end of the facility (Macy’s). Ramp accessibility is available. Additional accommodations for entry and exit are available.
  • Days of week open: Daily

The mall has started taking appointments for Phase 2, which is expected to begin February 1.

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