Participants in Fairview Hospital's Oct. 10 drive-through flu clinic. Fairview will hols its next drive-through clinic Saturday, Oct. 24. Photo courtesy Berkshire Health Systems

News Briefs: Drive-through flu clinic; domestic violence conviction

The clinics are offered in collaboration with Fairview’s community partners from the Berkshire Public Health Alliance, the Berkshire County Medical Reserve Corps, and the Vaccine for Children unit of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Fairview Hospital to hold drive-through flu clinic

Great Barrington — Fairview Hospital has added a second drive-through clinic to its schedule, set to take place Saturday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fairview Outpatient Rehabilitation, 10 Maple Ave. The next in-person clinic will be held Tuesday, Oct. 27, fro 3 to 7 p.m. at Monument Mountain Regional High School. Due to COVID-19, pre-registration is required at all clinics and time slots will be assigned to assure social distancing restrictions are observed. Masks are required to prevent the spread of infection.

Anyone seeking a flu vaccine is asked to print and complete a consent and screening form prior to arrival. Be sure to fill out both sides and bring the form to the clinic. There will be a section available to request forwarding proof of vaccination to your provider, employer or school. Please bring contact information for this purpose.

There is no charge for the vaccination, but if you have insurance, please bring your card. Billing insurance companies for the administration of the vaccine will allow this project to be financially self-sustaining and allow the hospital to continue to offer this service to the community.

Nasal mist will be available at the clinics for people ages 2-49 who meet the health requirements. All vaccine administered is preservative-free. The high-dose formulation vaccine will not be available.

The clinics are offered in collaboration with Fairview’s community partners from the Berkshire Public Health Alliance, the Berkshire County Medical Reserve Corps, and the Vaccine for Children unit of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Click here to view the schedule and make an appointment.

Information is available about flu, flu shots and flu mist.

For more information, contact Heather Barbieri, director of emergency management, at (413) 854-9656 or hbarbieri@bhs1.org.

*     *     *

Berkshire District Attorney’s Office secures domestic violence conviction

Pittsfield — The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office secured a conviction in a serious domestic violence case on Monday despite the unavailability of the victim to testify.

Judge Laurie Macleod found Michael Lavigne, 49, of North Adams guilty on two counts of assault and battery on a household member after a bench trial in Northern Berkshire District Court. The Commonwealth proved that Lavigne assaulted the victim on March 7 and again on July 11.

Macleod sentenced him to 18 months at the House of Correction.

“It is our responsibility to hold violent offenders accountable for their actions. Mr. Lavigne demonstrated his willingness to use mental and physical abuse to control the victim. This sentence will prevent him from continuing that behavior,” District Attorney Andrea Harrington said.

“We do not turn a blind eye to domestic violence and this outcome is a reflection of the priority our office and our partners in law enforcement place on these crimes. I thank the North Adams Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office for their dedicated investigation.”

The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office utilized evidence-based prosecution to secure the conviction after the victim asserted the Fifth Amendment. The Commonwealth successfully argued that Lavigne coerced the victim not to testify through a series of phone calls from the House of Correction.

The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office prosecuted the cased based on previous statements, the recorded phone calls, and other evidence police gathered to prove Lavigne committed the assaults.