With a second mobile medical van now on the road, CHP Berkshires’ mobile health teams are prepared to reach more Berkshire residents in more locations this fall. CHP will offer new Covid-19 boosters, flu shots, and for eligible patients, the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine.
CHP expects to receive its Covid-19 boosters within days.
CHP patients and non-CHP patients can receive Covid-19 vaccine on one of CHP’s two mobile health units. This booster can be given at the same time as the seasonal flu shot. In addition, the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccines is available to eligible patients.
CHP practice locations in Great Barrington, Lee, Pittsfield, and North Adams will provide vaccines to CHP patients only.
Covid-19 boosters and flu vaccines will be available for those six months and older. The new RSV vaccine is for adults 60 and older with certain underlying health risks; pre-screening is required for RSV vaccines with CHP.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have this arsenal of prevention against serious illness,” said Dr. Laura Need, CHP associate medical director and pediatrician at Berkshire Pediatrics. “We urge everyone to get vaccinated for themselves, their families, friends and workplace colleagues. And parents should be sure their children are protected against other preventable contagious illnesses like measles, pertussis, and others.”
Unlike during the Covid-19 pandemic, vaccines will no longer be free for everyone. In most cases, insurance companies will cover the cost. But for people who are uninsured or underinsured, the CDC is launching the Bridge Access Program to cover costs, which is expected to be in effect within weeks. However, CHP provides care to all patients, regardless of ability to pay.
CHP will keep the public notified of its vaccination resources throughout the fall and winter seasons through its mobile health calendar at chpberkshires.org/mobile and with reminders on social media channels, radio, and other outlets.
“We are extremely excited that we now have a second mobile health vehicle to help reach more people in more places in the Berkshires,” said Michelle Derr, CHP’s senior vice president of mobile health. “People can walk up or call us to make an appointment. We are also here for anyone who needs a minor sick visit or other health-related support, whether or not they are a CHP patient.”