BOSTON (State House News Service/WWLP) – The first long-term care facility resident in Massachusetts has been vaccinated for COVID-19.
State leaders said Shirley Nolan, a retired teacher living in Boston, received the coronavirus vaccine Monday morning at Benjamin Healthcare Center.
As vaccine teams prepare to visit long-term care facilities this week, more than 35,000 people in Massachusetts have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose and more than 146,000 doses of the vaccine have arrived in the state so far, according the state’s first round of vaccine reporting.
The Department of Public Health on Dec. 24 added a vaccine dashboard outlining number of doses administered and shipped, people vaccinated, distribution by county, demographic breakdowns of those receiving vaccines, and vaccines administered by different type of providers. The first dashboard, released Thursday, showed that within the last seven days 35,524 doses were administered and 87,200 doses of the Moderna vaccine arrived in the state.
As of Dec. 22, providers in Suffolk County, a health care base for the state, received the most doses — clocking in at a cumulative total of 50,075. People between the ages 30-49 represent the largest group who have been administered a COVID-19 vaccine with those aged 50-69 coming in second, according to the DPH data.
The next dashboard is expected to be released on Thursday, Dec. 31 by 5 p.m.
Early doses are being limited to frontline health care workers and long-term care residents – a partnership with CVS and Walgreens to immunize long-term care residents and staff begins at those facilities this week.
Baystate CEO and President Dr. Mark Keroack is now looking ahead, “I think it’s going to be critical for us to have multiple different place that people can get a vaccine once we do make it available to anyone who wants it because that is going to be a huge number of people getting vaccinated.”
The population of Massachusetts is about 6.9 million and limited early supplies of the vaccine mean that the process of vaccinating everyone who wants the two-dose vaccine will take months.
State health officials also said they anticipate vaccinations beginning for first responders sometime in mid-January.