Massachusetts expanding vaccine preregistration locations

BOSTON — Massachusetts residents hoping to book COVID-19 vaccine appointments through the state website will have additional locations to choose from beyond the state’s seven existing mass vaccination sites.

Starting this week, the state is adding two additional locations — the Amherst-Northampton Collaborative and the Marshfield Regional Collaborative — and will add more local health collaboratives to the site in coming weeks, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday.

So far, more than 1.5 million people have preregistered for vaccine doses.

“As more people become eligible we hope to see a continued increase in the supply we receive from the federal government because we have of tons of capacity we can put to work,” Baker said, adding that the state has the ability to administer two or three times as many shots as it is currently administering.

By next week, people signing up for a shot through the state website will also have the opportunity to choose a location before proceeding to choose from available appointments, Baker said.

On April 19, anyone in Massachusetts who has not received a vaccine dose will be allowed to preregister.

Baker, who received his first dose on Tuesday, said he’s doing fine.

“I’m happy to report that I feel good,” the Republican said.

More than 1.5 million Massachusetts residents have already been fully vaccinated, most of them among the state’s most vulnerable.

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