Massachusetts releases COVID-19 vaccination plan

Massachusetts

BOSTON (WWLP) – Health officials are already planning out how a vaccination will be approached within the Commonwealth.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asked states to submit their vaccine distribution plans by November 1.

Massachusetts unveiled a draft version of how they plan to distribute the vaccine on Saturday. According to the draft, the state expects to receive between 20,000 and 60,000 doses of the vaccine in the first phase.

The first phase of distribution would prioritize health care workers and people considered high-risk.

22News spoke with a parent who said that they are hesitant about the COVID-19 vaccine–but when available would let their child get it done.

“I do believe in our medical staff and I do think they are very smart and take their jobs very seriously,” said Parco Delgado of Westfield. “I do believe in the general health of the people that are in their hands, so I would allow my children to get the shot just like I allow my children to get a flu shot.”

Phase two will begin access to vaccine for the broader population. To prepare for this phase, the state is broadening its vaccine provider network. Health care providers that currently do not report immunization data to the state will also be included to provide the vaccine to communities.

Once the state has enough vaccines available in Phase 3, health officials said the plan is to get everyone vaccinated quickly and free. Parts of the state with low vaccinations will be focused on.

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