State Warns of Limited Vaccination Doses as Residents Age 75 and Older Become Eligible Next week
GLOUCESTER — Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and Public Health Director Karin Carroll report that Gov. Charlie Baker announced an update to Phase Two of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan yesterday.
The state has restructured Phase Two of the vaccination distribution plan and announced the planned opening of a mass vaccination site in Danvers.
Residents should note that while the state is creating more mass vaccination sites and they may become eligible to receive the vaccination in the coming weeks, vaccination distribution is contingent on the number of physical vaccinations available. Currently, the State of Massachusetts is prepared to distribute more vaccinations than it has.
The following groups will be vaccinated, in order:
- Individuals 75-years-old and older.
- Individuals 65-years-old and older and individuals with two or more comorbidities, meaning they have a condition that puts them at risk for severe illness should they contract COVID-19. To review these conditions, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website here.
- Early education and K-12 workers, transit, utility, food and agriculture, sanitation, public works and public health workers
- Individuals with one comorbidity
Individuals who are 75-years-old and older can begin receiving their vaccines on Monday, Feb. 1, and can make an appointment at a vaccination site near them. No public clinics are planned to be held in Gloucester at this time.
To view a map of vaccination sites, click here. All sites require an appointment.
Mass vaccination sites have been announced at the following locations:
- Gillette Stadium, Foxborough. This site is currently accepting appointments.
- Eastfield Mall, Springfield. Opening Friday, Jan. 29.
- Fenway Park, Boston. Opening Monday, Feb 1.
- Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Danvers. Opening Wednesday, Feb. 3
- Reggie Lewis Center, Boston. Opening next week, exact date to be announced.
“We’re happy to be able to share this latest update with our residents, especially our older adults 75-years-old and older who will be receiving the vaccination next,” Mayor Romeo Theken said. “We look forward to more of our residents becoming eligible for the vaccination and increased access to the vaccination in the coming months. We will continue updating residents as soon as we have more information to share.”
The general public will not be eligible to receive the vaccine until April. To review the full vaccination distribution timeline, click here.
Residents are reminded not to call the City with inquiries regarding vaccination distribution. All updates will be shared as soon as they become available through the below channels as the City does not have the resources to field questions regarding vaccinations.
Those with questions regarding vaccination distribution in Massachusetts can contact the Department of Public Health at [email protected]
For the latest updates, visit the City of Gloucester’s website here, the Health Department’s Facebook Page @GloucesterMAHealthDepartment here and Mayor Romeo Theken’s Facebook Page @MayorSefatia here.