Natick, Dartmouth Get Mass Vaccination Sites; Caregivers for Seniors Now Eligible for Shooting – CBS Boston
BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts will open two new mass COVID-19 vaccination sites in Natick and Dartmouth later this month and caregivers over 75 will now be able to get vaccinated, the administration said on Wednesday Baker.
“We hope this change will encourage more residents aged 75 and over to get vaccinated at mass vaccination sites, which have the most availability,” Governor Charlie Baker said at a press conference on the DoubleTree hotel mass vaccination site in Danvers.
Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders also warned older people to be careful.
“Please don’t accept calls offering help from someone you don’t know, you don’t trust to take you to a vaccination appointment,” he said. she declared.
“We hope that with today’s announcement, someone who takes an elderly person – a trusted companion, caregiver or family member with someone 75 years of age or older – will be vaccinated in tandem. will bring an extra level of comfort to those who are hesitant, or do not want to disturb their caregiver or a loved one, or a good friend to make an appointment. “
The state said it would also post 74,000 online appointments Thursday for mass vaccination sites and pharmacies in locations in Massachusetts. Another 30,000 more appointments will be posted by the end of the week, bringing the total to over 100,000.
The two new mass vaccination sites will be at Natick Mall and Circuit City in Dartmouth.
The Natick Mall site will open its doors on Monday, February 22. LabCorp will start by administering 500 doses per day with a plan to increase this to 3000 doses per day in the following weeks.
The Dartmouth Circuit City site will open on Wednesday, February 24. The curative treatment will start with 500 doses per day, and finally reach more than 2000 doses per day.
Eligible residents can start making appointments for both sites on Thursday February 18 at mass.gov/covidvaccine .
Massachusetts is currently in the early stages of Phase 2 immunizations, which means only those 75 and over can get the vaccine. Starting Thursday, February 11, this program will be expanded to include any caregiver who brings a person aged 75 or older to a mass vaccination site.
“A caregiver should schedule their own online appointment for the same day and at the same location as the resident aged 75 or older. Only one caregiver can accompany a resident 75 years of age or older, ”Baker’s office said in a statement.
“The mass vaccination sites will do everything possible to bring the two people together to minimize the waiting time, even if the appointment times are not the same.”
You don’t need to be a family member, just someone to get the person to be vaccinated.
To meet the intense demand, more than 53,000 appointments will go online Thursday at 8:30 am for mass vaccination sites at Gillette Stadium, Fenway Park, Danvers and Springfield.
More than 50,000 pharmacy appointments will be online by the end of this week, of which 21,000 will be posted on Thursday.
The 50,000 includes appointments at CVS, Walgreens, Wegmans, Big Y, Price Chopper, Stop and Shop and Hannaford.
Anyone eligible for a vaccine in Massachusetts should visit mass.gov/covidvaccine for details on how to book an appointment.