Massachusetts is adjusting the COVID-19 vaccination process by focusing efforts at smaller-scale clinics in order to reach the goal of having 4 million people in the state fully vaccinated. Gov. Charlie Baker said officials will pivot vaccination efforts to reach particular communities and populations and will ramp down operations at the state’s mass vaccination clinics. “At this point, we are adjusting our vaccine distribution strategy to be more targeted and will shift vaccines to smaller-scale operations that can focus on particular communities or particular populations. By bringing the vaccine to where people are so that everyone knows they have an easy opportunity to protect themselves and their families, we hope to make this process more convenient, more accessible and continue to add to the count of those who are already fully vaccinated here in Massachusetts,” Baker said.In December, the state set a goal to vaccinate at least 4.1 million people through a series of phases, starting with health care workers and the most vulnerable populations. With more than 3.5 million people in Massachusetts fully or partially vaccinated, Baker said the state should reach the goal by the end of June. The state will provide 22 regional collaboratives with more COVID-19 vaccination doses to run their programs, double the state vaccine allocation for 20 communities most impacted by COVID-19 and expand mobile vaccination clinics.”We will continue to expand these efforts statewide to bring vaccines to senior centers houses of worship, YMCAs and other community-based organizations,” Baker said. As part of the new phase, additional primary care providers will be given access to the vaccine by the end of May, Baker said.Four of the seven mass vaccination sites will ramp down by the end of June, but hundreds of thousands of appointments are still available now at all sites through vaxfinder.mass.gov. The sites at Gillette Stadium, the DoubleTree in Danvers, the Hynes Convention Center and the Natick Mall will close and the resources will be redirected. “There is no more waiting or hassle. You don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to schedule an appointment, and you can protect yourself, your family and get back to normal by getting vaccinated,” Baker said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to approve the vaccine for children ages 12-15 in the coming weeks.The state’s pre-registration system will remain available for parents of children in that age group, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said. Massachusetts vaccination progressNew data is typically published daily around 5 p.m. and weekly reports are typically released on Thursdays, also around 5 p.m.

BOSTON — Massachusetts is adjusting the COVID-19 vaccination process by focusing efforts at smaller-scale clinics in order to reach the goal of having 4 million people in the state fully vaccinated. Gov. Charlie Baker said officials will pivot vaccination efforts to reach particular communities and populations and will ramp down operations at the state’s mass vaccination clinics.
“At this point, we are adjusting our vaccine distribution strategy to be more targeted and will shift vaccines to smaller-scale operations that can focus on particular communities or particular populations. By bringing the vaccine to where people are so that everyone knows they have an easy opportunity to protect themselves and their families, we hope to make this process more convenient, more accessible and continue to add to the count of those who are already fully vaccinated here in Massachusetts,” Baker said.In December, the state set a goal to vaccinate at least 4.1 million people through a series of phases, starting with health care workers and the most vulnerable populations. With more than 3.5 million people in Massachusetts fully or partially vaccinated, Baker said the state should reach the goal by the end of June. The state will provide 22 regional collaboratives with more COVID-19 vaccination doses to run their programs, double the state vaccine allocation for 20 communities most impacted by COVID-19 and expand mobile vaccination clinics.”We will continue to expand these efforts statewide to bring vaccines to senior centers houses of worship, YMCAs and other community-based organizations,” Baker said.

As part of the new phase, additional primary care providers will be given access to the vaccine by the end of May, Baker said.Four of the seven mass vaccination sites will ramp down by the end of June, but hundreds of thousands of appointments are still available now at all sites through vaxfinder.mass.gov. The sites at Gillette Stadium, the DoubleTree in Danvers, the Hynes Convention Center and the Natick Mall will close and the resources will be redirected. “There is no more waiting or hassle. You don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to schedule an appointment, and you can protect yourself, your family and get back to normal by getting vaccinated,” Baker said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to approve the vaccine for children ages 12-15 in the coming weeks.The state’s pre-registration system will remain available for parents of children in that age group, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said. Massachusetts vaccination progress[infogram]https://infogram.com/wcvb-covid-vaccine-data-1h0n25yoe0del6p?live[/infogram]New data is typically published daily around 5 p.m. and weekly reports are typically released on Thursdays, also around 5 p.m.