Fresh off a morning visit to MGM Springfield for a LEED Certification celebration, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito paid a visit to the Berkshire Regional Collaborative Vaccination Site at Berkshire Community College this afternoon.  

Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito joined Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer and other local leaders around 1pm to take a tour of the local vaccine clinic which is housed inside the Patterson Field House across the street from the main Berkshire Community College campus.  

Governor Baker also gave his daily briefing from the site, providing an update on COVID-19 vaccination in the Commonwealth 

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During his daily briefing, Governor Baker spoke very highly of the efforts made by the local vaccine collaborative and gave some numbers to back up the great work that they have been able to do since the vaccine rollout began.  

Berkshire County was one of the first areas of the state to pursue a regional collaborative model to vaccinate their residents. These collaborations, as you know, pool resources from local healthcare providers and health departments to create highly efficient operations that can vaccinate residents across a wide geographic area. That’s especially important here in the Berkshires, and the incredible work this team has done has paid off.  

 

The governor said that as of last Thursday the regional collaboratives in Berkshire and Barnstable Counties, what he referred to as the “bookends” in Massachusetts, have reported the highest rates of the percentage of population that have received first dose of vaccine. He said the local Berkshire collaborative is at about 45 percent and he expects that the 50 percent mark will be crossed soon.  

You can watch the full video of today’s briefing here: 

 

Governor Baker was also scheduled later in the afternoon to the MEMA Bunker in Framingham for an Earth Day Celebration and Executive Order Signing with the state’s Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary, Kathleen Theoharides

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