WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- There is some good news for Bay State residents as another regional COVID-19 vaccine site will open on April 20 at Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds.
West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt told us they have been waiting to receive doses and now that they got word of a shipment, the town will start setting up on Monday.
The transportation building at Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds will soon be a new regional COVID-19 vaccine site.
“In that building, it’s heated, it’s cool, so we will be able to do all of that right in there…big doors, easy in and out. All access will be through Gate 1,” Reichelt explained.
Reichelt announced on Thursday that the town plans to be up and running on April 20. This only a day after all residents age 16 and older become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
He told Western Mass News to start off, the site is receiving 1,500 doses.
“They’re talking about increasing shipments that will come from the federal government to the state, so it is likely that it will increase after that,” Reichelt noted.
Any Bay State residents can sign up next Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the state’s website. Reichelt said some vaccine appointments will be held aside.
“We are working to get for the collaborative, so for the communities that are involved, set aside about 25 percent for those folks, but everyone is able to come from across the state,” Reichelt said.
Those communities include Agawam, Westfield, Granville, Tolland, and Southwick.
One resident who works in West Springfield hopes to get vaccinated at this site and said the proximity to her job will be an asset.
“So lunch break, just makes it easier to get there,” said Jennifer Gutierrez.
Getting the shot would make all difference in coming home to her 15-month-old son.
“He has one kidney and so I know that the virus could effect if he was to contract it,” Gutierrez noted.
The vaccine site will be open five days a week Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.