Hi Friends. This is Mayor Mike Cahill with an update for you all. As we continue collectively to try and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Beverly, doing all things safely and creatively continues to require our attention and care. So, I want to share two upcoming efforts with you. First, while getting the flu vaccine every year is important, it is especially so now, as we will likely all need to weather this flu season without a COVID-19 vaccine. Next Wednesday, October 21st, Beverly seniors 65 years of age and over can get your flu shot at the Senior Center between 10 AM – 2 PM. Our Health Department will offer this drive-in flu clinic. Please note that only the high dose flu vaccine will be administered at this clinic, and you need to pre-register by calling the Health Department at 978 921-8591. I will repeat the number at the end of this call. When you come for your flu shot, you are encouraged to wear a short sleeved shirt, and you must bring your insurance and medicare cards. Again, this drive-in flu clinic is available to everyone 65 and over.
Next, here is some important information on voting. First, all Election information can be found on the city website – www.beverlyma.gov – by clicking on the Election banner at the top of the home page. Now, a few details. The last day to register to vote will be Saturday, October 24th – City Hall will be open that day from 9 AM – 4 PM. Also, our city clerk’s office has been working hard to ensure that early voting and mail-in voting is safe and reliable. Anyone who has requested a mail-in ballot should have or be receiving yours in the coming days, as the initial large batch of ballots was mailed this past Tuesday. You have two options to return your mail-in ballots: you can mail them back to City Hall, or you can deposit your ballot in one of three secure ballot drop boxes that we have installed and that will be picked up frequently. You will find these ballot drop boxes outside the back door of City Hall and outside the doors of Central Fire Station and the Beverly Farms Fire Station. Please note that with no safe place to park alongside the North Beverly Fire Station, we did not place one there. You will be able to deposit your vote in the City Hall drop box through 8 PM on Election Day, November 3rd. However, if you plan to deposit your ballot in the drop boxes at either Central or Beverly Farms Fire Station, all ballots must be deposited by 3 PM on Monday, November 2nd – the day before Election Day.
Early in person voting will begin this Saturday, October 17th and continue through Friday, October 30th in the first floor hallway in City Hall. Hours and other details can be found on the website – www.beverlyma.gov . Due to the need to manage access for safe distancing of voters, City Hall will be closed for anything other than early voting during this time. Instead, weather permitting, we will staff an outdoor help desk on weekdays during regular city hall hours to answer questions and connect visitors to city staff as needed. Please come vote early – we look forward to seeing you.
Returning to our first topic, let me repeat the Health Department phone number for any senior who wants to register for next Wednesday’s 10 AM – 2 PM drive in flu vaccine clinic: please call 978 921-8591 to get your flu shot.
Last, an important reminder – our best defense against the COVID-19 virus is still to wear a mask and keep your distance, wash hands, and remember that small outdoor gatherings with masks, distancing, and hand washing are lower risk than other types of gatherings. Thank you, Everyone. Have a good evening.