BOSTON (WPRI) – All Massachusetts residents aged 75 and over will have the ability to begin getting vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 beginning subsequent week, Governor Charlie Baker introduced on Monday.
Baker mentioned his administration has up to date its vaccine distribution plan to maneuver individuals 75 years and older to the primary precedence group in Section 2, which implies they’ll get vaccinated from Monday 1st. February.
“These vaccines are protected,” he mentioned.
These residents can register for an appointment on-line from this Wednesday, January 27.
Individuals 65 and older have been moved to the second group in Section 2, Baker mentioned, with individuals affected by two well being circumstances that put them at elevated threat.
“When you have a severe well being drawback or in case you are unsure if it modifications your eligibility, you need to contact and get in touch with your physician,” Baker added.
The subsequent group in Section 2 consists of employees within the following sectors: Early Childhood and Kindergarten to Grade 12 training, transit, grocery buying, utilities, meals and agriculture, sanitation, public works, and public well being.
All of the individuals listed in section 1 are at present eligible to obtain the vaccine, together with healthcare employees, first responders, residents and employees of long-term and group care amenities.
Baker mentioned the state at present has greater than 100 vaccination websites and hopes to have as much as 165 open by mid-February.
“We’re constructing the capability to ship many extra doses than what we’re at present receiving or count on to obtain from the federal authorities,” he mentioned.
The governor mentioned the state at present has the capability to manage about 242,000 doses per week, which far exceeds the 173,000 they count on to obtain from the federal authorities this week.
By mid-February, the state can have the capability to manage 305,000 vaccines per week, based on Baker, whereas it’s on monitor to obtain just below 190,000 doses per week at this level.
“If we proceed to obtain the identical variety of doses that we’re at present receiving, we may find yourself with empty seats and empty appointments at our websites,” Baker mentioned. “We predict it is best to over-plan at this level within the course of and hope the federal authorities can get there.”
A opening of a mass vaccination web site on the Gillette stage final week, and the state plans to open one other at Fenway Park subsequent week.
On Monday, Baker additionally introduced three new mass vaccination websites at Eastfield Mall in Springfield, Double Tree Hilton Lodge in Danvers and Reggie Lewis Middle in Boston.
“Proper now, we plan to create seven mass vaccination websites,” he added.
Baker additionally mentioned that 43 new pharmacies and retail shops will open this week and that by February 15 they count on to have 71 of these shops open.
“These websites are created to create extra equitable entry to all communities,” he mentioned. “A few of the websites are restricted as a result of they’re smaller scale operations operated in lots of instances by the group and restricted to residents of sure communities, cities and cities, or devoted to sure employees.”
In case you are eligible, go to mass.gov/COVIDVaccineMap to make an appointment on the nearest vaccination clinic.