MA Continues to Reopen
The Baker-Polito Administration announced plans for continued reopening.

The Face Coverings Order will be relaxed for some outdoor settings, effective April 30, 2021. People are still required to wear masks or face-coverings in indoor public places and outdoors when they are unable to maintain 6 feet from other people. Additionally, face coverings will continue to be required at events, whether indoors or outdoors.

Additional changes will go into effect on May 10 and May 29, subject to public health and vaccination data. Learn more.
Race & Ethnicity Vaccine Data Added to Dashboard
The Western Massachusetts COVID-19 Data Dashboard now has vaccine data for each county by race/ethnicity!
Visit the Western MA COVID-19 Data Dashboard for the latest COVID-19 data for the region. The Dashboard is updated every Friday, by mid-afternoon.
COVID-19 Vaccine: When, Where & Now What?
People age 16 and older who live, work, or study in Massachusetts can now get vaccinated.

Where can I get Vaccinated?
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Finder: Search for appointments at pharmacies, health care providers, and other community locations. Appointment availability is updated daily. Some local vaccination sites may only be open to residents of select town. Check listing to see if the site is restricted.
  • Pre-register for mass vaccination sites: Preregister to be notified when it's your turn to schedule an appointment at one of 7 mass vaccination locations: Eastfield Mall in Springfield, Hynes Convention Center, Gillette Stadium, Reggie Lewis Center, DoubleTree Hotel in Danvers, Natick Mall and former Circuit City in Dartmouth. More locations will be added in April.
  • Vaccination locations and bus routes in the PVTA service area: Find a list of COVID-19 vaccination sites in the PVTA service area and which bus routes service them.
There is a COVID-19 Vaccine walk-in clinic TODAY 4/30/21 from 9:00am-5:00pm at the Baystate Health Vaccine Center, 361 Whitney Ave, Holyoke, MA. There are limited supplies. Walk-ins will be on a first come first served basis. Please bring your license or proof of MA residency.

For more information, click here.
Vaccine Scheduling Help Lines
  • Baystate Health has compiled information about local contacts that offer assistance with vaccine scheduling. Click here to see the list.

Information may change from one day to the next. For the most up-to-date information, visit the state's vaccination page.
Get Tested to Control the Spread
Should I get tested?
COVID-19 testing is still an important part of combating the spread of the virus. You should get a test for COVID-19 if:
  • You develop any symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild
  • You are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
Upcoming Events
  • Current Status of COVID-19 in Western MA, 5/5/21 at 8:00am: Human Service Forum is hosting an event featuring Dr. Robert Roose, Chief Medical Officer at Mercy Medical Center and Dr. Andrew W. Artenstein, M.D. Chief Physician Executive and Chief Academic Officer, Baystate Health to discuss testing and screening, health disparity, infection rate updates, vaccination, and more. There will be a Q&A after the Keynote. $45 for HSF Members, $65 for Not Yet Members. Register.

  • Children's Mental Health Week, May 2-8: The Parent/Professional Advocacy League, in partnership with the Behavioral Health Network, asks you to show your support and help raise awareness by "lighting up green" in support of Children’s Mental Health Week! Decorate your home with green string lights or garlands, wear green, and consider asking your town hall, fire department, or other local landmarks to join in. Learn more.

If you know of any upcoming events about COVID-19, please reach out so we can share with our network!
Join our Team!
The Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts provides skills, expertise and experience to create successful public health campaigns and sustainable system changes to improve health and well-being in Western MA. Join our team as we work to ensure that all people in our region have what they need to lead healthy lives.

We are looking to fill the following positions:

Visit our website for more information.