Changes Announced in Next Phase of Vaccinations in MA

 by TWIW StaffMay 3, 2021

Governor Charlie Baker announced Monday that 4.1 million Massachusetts residents will receive full vaccination for COVID-19 by the end of June. He also discussed the next phase of state-wide vaccination efforts.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 3.9 million Massachusetts residents received at least one dose of vaccine as of today. There are 180,000 individuals scheduled to get their first dose over the next seven days.

According to the Governor’s office, Massachusetts is a national leader for vaccine distribution across every national metric.

The Next Phase of Vaccination

Baker says the next phase of the vaccination program will shift vaccines to smaller scale operations, focusing on certain populations and the 20 communities most disproportionately impacted by the virus.

Some important aspects of the next phase of the state vaccination plan include:

  • Providing all 22 regional collaboratives with doses operate their programs at full capacity
  • Doubling the state vaccine allocation for the 20 most disproportionately impacted communities.
  • Working with the Mass Medical Society to increase access of vaccines with additional primary care providers by mid-May.
  • Expanding mobile vaccine clinics in our 20 most disproportionately impacted communities at senior centers, houses of worship and other community-based organizations.
  • Working with current providers and community partners to offer new vaccine clinic opportunities.

The Governor’s office highlighted some of the new vaccine clinics across the state, including:

  • Mobile clinics in Lynn, New Bedford, Worcester and Fall River
  • Encore Casino in Everett
  • Tufts Campus in Medford
  • Westgate Mall in Brockton
  • Boston Medical Center’s new vaccine scheduling location at the South Bay Shopping Center

Mass Vaccination Sites to Scale Down

Baker also said that mass vaccination sites will begin gradually scaling down operations. By the end of June four of the seven mass vaccination sites will close. Those the locations are Gillette Stadium, Hynes Convention Center, Double Tree in Danvers, and the Natick Mall will close.

The state will announce walk-in services at select mass vaccination sites in the near future.

Mass vaccination sites administered 1.2 million doses and fully vaccinated 470,000 individuals since the first site opened on January 18 at Gillette Stadium.

The state expects to administer around 250,000 second doses in May.

To find an appointment for vaccination, visit VaxFinder.mass.gov  or call 211.

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