Vaccine eligibility expands to all Massachusetts adults Monday

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Starting Monday, everyone in Massachusetts over the age of 16 can book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine.

If you are signing up Monday, you will have the option to use the state website, or get a shot through pharmacies such as Walgreens and CVS. Some people in this group who are pre-registered already received notifications to book their appointments for the future.

Governor Baker reminded residents last week that you can always search for an open vaccine appointment at CVS or another local health partner, “And even if you pre-register you can obviously continue to look for an appointment at other providers like pharmacies, community health centers and your healthcare provider.”

“I’m eligible today myself and I’m actually kind of worried it’s going to take me a while to get an appointment because it’s a large group of people right now,” said Jennifer Poulin. “I’ve registered through the state. I keep checking CVS, I’m using all the resources available”

The vaccine is free and available to anyone, regardless of your immigration status or whether you have health insurance.

Monday is also the deadline that President Biden set for states to open-up vaccine appointments to everyone age 16 and older. So far, more than two million Massachusetts residents are fully-vaccinated, and more than five million doses have been administered. Here is a look at the vaccination numbers in western Massachusetts:

  • 33% of adults in Hampden County have received one dose
  • 40% of adults in Hampshire County have received one dose
  • 45% of adults in Franklin County have received one dose
  • 45% of adults in Berkshire County have received one dose

Ester Jacobson who received the COVID-19 vaccine told 22News, “I was hesitant at first. It took me a while to decide to get it but I think it’s been documented enough to be proven. Yeah, I’m for it.”

This week is ‘Red Sox Week’ at the Hynes Convention center in Boston. It is open to residents across the state and appointments are prioritized for those that live in communities hit hard by the virus.

Also on Monday, neighboring New Hampshire will suspend their residency requirement to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, so Massachusetts residents can travel to New Hampshire to get a shot as well.

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