WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The state has announced official closing dates for local mass vaccination sites, some as early as this month.
The West of the River Vaccine Collaborative at the Eastern States Exposition will be closing on June 17.
Massachusetts is one of three states leading the country with the percentage of vaccinated individuals against COVID-19. This data and a decrease in need prompted the Commonwealth to set closing dates for mass vaccination sites.
“I mean everybody around me is vaccinated basically except me,” said Holyoke resident Amber Daletto. “My whole household is vaccinated, my grandparents just decided to get vaccinated like a month ago or so.”
Chief of Operations, Carly Camossi, said the site’s last appointment will be at 3:20 p.m. on Thursday, June 17. The vaccine site is located at 1761 Memorial Drive in West Springfield. The site serves several communities including West Springfield, Agawam, Westfield, Southwick, Granville, and Tolland.
According to the state, Hampden County is still lagging behind the rest of Massachusetts for the percentage of vaccinated residents, only 47 percent are fully vaccinated. Vaccinations aside, the decrease in case numbers is making people feel safer.
“When I watch the numbers too on TV, they’re going down,” said Tom Piskorski of Chicopee. “I’m feeling comfortable being more out in the open.”
Despite mass vaccination sites closing, you’ll still be able to get your vaccine at smaller locations throughout the state.
The mass vaccination sites in the Commonwealth will also close over the next several weeks. Currently planned closing dates at each of the mass vaccination sites, all dates are subject to change:
- Gillette Stadium: June 14
- Hynes Convention Center: June 22
- Natick Mall: June 23
- Reggie Lewis Center: June 27
- Doubletree in Danvers: June 30
- Eastfield Mall in Springfield: July 6
- Former Circuit City in Dartmouth: July 13
These sites continue to be available to for walk in appointments. For information on days and hours of operation, visit www.vaxfinder.mass.gov.
As of Tuesday, there are 8,144,935 COVID-19 vaccines that have been administered with a total of 3,871,151 fully vaccinated people.