Baker: mass vaccination web site to open at Gillette Stadium subsequent week
WORCESTER, Mass. (WPRI) – Eligible COVID-19 vaccine recipients will quickly be capable of get their dose at Gillette Stadium, in accordance with Gov. Charlie Baker.
Baker supplied an replace on the state’s vaccination efforts on Tuesday in Worcester at one among 119 websites in Massachusetts able to vaccinate first responders, which started on Monday.
“Through the first few days there was an overwhelmingly constructive response from first responders to get the vaccine,” he mentioned. “The problem that we hope will likely be to fulfill the demand.”
Baker mentioned mass vaccination websites have been being held statewide, with the primary scheduled to open subsequent week at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.
Vaccinations are anticipated to start out there on Thursday, however just for workers who will administer vaccines on the facility. First responders are anticipated to start out getting vaccinated on January 18.
“It is a huge step ahead in our struggle,” Baker mentioned.
The governor mentioned the Gillette location would begin with 300 doses per day, however would wish to extend to five,000 doses per day.
Different eligible individuals will be capable of get vaccinated at these mass vaccination websites because the state progresses by means of the phases, Baker added.
Eligible vaccine recipients will be capable of schedule appointments on the state web site.
“Vaccines cannot come quick sufficient,” he says. “The massive hope on the horizon is the arrival of extra vaccines and the opportunity of distributing them.”
Mass well being officers on Tuesday reported 4,906 new constructive circumstances of the coronavirus and 67 extra individuals had died after contracting the virus.
Knowledge confirmed 2,219 persons are presently hospitalized for COVID-19 within the state, together with 451 in intensive care models.
On Sunday, the governor mentioned greater than 470,100 doses of the vaccine had been distributed to suppliers in Massachusetts.
He mentioned all certified nursing services ought to have had not less than one go to to the immunization program, which is run by CVS and Walgreens, by the tip of this week. He mentioned 317 of Massachusetts’ 379 expert nursing services had already been visited.
The governor additionally mentioned the state will transfer to the subsequent section of vaccine distribution within the coming days. He’s anticipated to launch extra info on the main points later this week.
This subsequent section is anticipated to incorporate collective care communities and residents aged 75 and over, however Baker was blunt on Tuesday, explaining that the state is simply in a position to plan just a few days prematurely.
He mentioned it is as a result of they obtain cargo details about two days earlier than they arrive, which makes planning nearly unimaginable.