HULL, Mass. — A vaccine clinic in Hull was canceled on Saturday after the town didn’t receive its second doses from the state. According to Hull Health Director Joyce Sullivan, the Department of Public Health promised the doses but did not deliver them.
“We are willing to take care of our residents and do what we can but are extremely frustrated with the state process on distribution. We have trained for these events and emergency dispensing, but it appears the state has other plans!” Sullivan told Boston 25 News on Saturday.
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Sullivan added that many seniors are not able to travel to mass vaccination sites.
For Hull residents Barbara and Thomas Grimshaw, Saturday’s clinic at the Mary Jeanette Murray Bath House was supposed to be their light at the end of the tunnel. Their first shots were administered by the town on February 3.
“We were scheduled again for March 6, which is today, and they canceled it,” explained Barbara Grimshaw, who was notified by email. “It just said that they did not have the vaccine, it didn’t come.”
The couple said they were hoping to travel to Florida soon but that their new tentative vaccination date from the town was pushed back to March 20. After searching on Friday for new appointments online, to no avail, they said they reached out to a woman on Facebook who was able to assist them in booking a new appointment for Saturday.
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“We went right away to East Boston, missed a couple of turns, drove around East Boston, but we made it! And we’re thrilled,” Barbara said.
Boston 25 News reached out to the governor’s office on Saturday to find out what happened to the town’s allotted second doses and were told by a spokesperson they would work to get answers.
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