Massachusetts shifting gears in coronavirus vaccine distribution

NORWELL, Mass. — Nurses with the Norwell Visiting Nurses Association will be going door-to-door Tuesday to homebound residents with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. It’s all part of a state-wide effort to make the shots more accessible in regional and local settings.

The state will be shifting its vaccination efforts from offering the shot at a handful of mass vaccination sites to a more targeted approach to focus on certain populations and specific communities. For those who haven’t received their COVID shot yet, this means they’ll likely be able to get one either at a regional collaborative, pharmacy or even at their primary care doctor. Additionally, in the 20 most disproportionately impacted communities, mobile vaccine clinics will expand to senior centers and places of worship.

“By bringing the vaccine to where people are so that everyone knows they have an easy opportunity to protect themselves and their families, we hope to make this process more convenient more accessible. Continue to add to the count of those who are already fully vaccinated here in Massachusetts,” said Governor Charlie Baker.

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The governor announced that by the end of June, four mass vaccination sites are set to close. These sites include Gillette, Hynes Convention Center, Doubletree Hotel in Danvers, and the Natick Mall. The seven mass vaccination sites in the state are responsible for administering 1.2 million doses and fully vaccinating just under a half million people so far.

The state is keeping its preregistration website for mass vaccination sites open. One reason for that is that it’s anticipating the CDC may authorize the vaccine for kids 12 to 15 years old. The site will be available for parents to sign up for their kids to get a shot.

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