Vaccination Info: Faculty & Staff

On Monday, April 19, Massachusetts moves into vaccination Phase 3, open to anyone 16 or older. This includes faculty and staff who work at the college, regardless of your state of residence.

The process can be daunting because state and county programs are operating in parallel. Here are the steps you should take to get vaccinated:

  1. Make a vaccination appointment
  2. Faculty and staff without personal transport can use the college’s vaccination shuttle form to reserve a ride
    • Shuttles are available to St. Elizabeth’s and BCC sites only.
    • They’re open to faculty and staff without personal transport and to all students enrolled in campus testing.
    • Reservations are required and must be made at least 24 hours in advance. 
    • You must have a confirmed vaccination appointment to reserve a seat.
  3. Go to your appointment
    • You may be given either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine—Berkshire county has supplies of both. Both require two doses, administered several weeks apart.
  4. Go back for your second shot
    • After your first dose you’ll be informed of the appointment for your return visit. Repeat the same process, including reserving a shuttle seat again if appropriate.
  5. Monitor your health
    • After the vaccine some people experience fatigue, fever, muscle soreness or other symptoms. In most cases these  subside by themselves within a few days. Contact your healthcare provider if you have concerns or questions.
  6. Faculty and staff are not required to report vaccination status to the college at this time

Other things you should be aware of:

  • Williams doesn’t have a supply of vaccine and is unable to administer vaccines or to make appointments for students, faculty or staff.
  • It can be difficult to secure your second dose at a different location than your first, so only choose a site you can get to twice.
  • With coronavirus variants present in our region, the college will for now continue to require that everyone, including people who are vaccinated, participate in our testing program to have access to campus and adhere to all public health requirements, including masking, social distancing and limits on gathering size.

It’s heartening that the vaccine program is making progress, and that officials are predicting ample supply for our needs. If you’re interested, you can use the state’s weekly vaccination dashboard to track the percentage of Berkshire County residents who’ve received one or both shots.

Thank you to everyone who’s doing your part to protect yourselves and our community as a whole!