WORCESTER (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker provided an update on state’s response efforts on the COVID-19 vaccinations for first responders Tuesday.
Governor Baker joined Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, and local leaders at Worcester Senior Center as they announced the state’s first ‘mass vaccination site’ will be located at Gillette Stadium, and starting Monday first responders can go there to receive their vaccine.
Massachusetts has administered more total COVID-19 vaccine doses than any other New England state but trails the region on the number of doses given per 100,000 residents, according to data collected by Bloomberg.
The Commonwealth is currently in Phase 1 of its vaccine distribution plan, moving on from healthcare workers to first responders. According to Baker, more than 200,000 doses have already been administered, and with the new site at Gillette, he expects that number to go up.
Baker said, “Gillette plans to start out doing 300 vaccines per day, but is going to build up to administering 5,000 vaccines per day and potentially much bigger numbers than that over time.”
The state is using every available resource to distribute vaccines, including pharmacies, community health centers, and local hospitals. With the addition of ‘mass vaccination sites’ Baker still believes we are on track to vaccinate the general public sometime between April and June.
Officials provided a live update to the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic at around 12 p.m. in Worcester.
- Local hospitals running low on COVID-19 vaccines for healthcare workers
- Vaccinations for first responders begins in Hampshire County
- COVID-19 vaccine available to area officers and firefighters in East Longmeadow
- Local police, fire departments set to receive COVID-19 vaccine this week
On Monday, Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 54 newly confirmed deaths and 4,239 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts.