Nor’easter and mass vaccinations collide next week

ANDOVER, Mass. — After hours of trying over two days, Carlotta McCarthy was able to sign herself and her husband up for COVID-19 vaccinations for Tuesday, Feb. 2nd.

“I feel very lucky that we’re able to do that. I feel terrible for people who are unable to do it,” said McCarthy, 76.

There were no available appointments near her home, so she will drive to Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium, one of several mass vaccination sites.

“From Andover to Foxboro in decent weather is an hour,” McCarthy said.

The last thing she feels the state needs is people over 75 driving all across the state during the first two days of next week with major snowstorm anticipated.

McCarthy chose to signup herself and her husband as soon as possible, knowing the demand was high and she and her husband are at risk for the virus, essentially staying home since March of 2020.

Thursday, Governor Charlie Baker said that everyone eligible cannot get vaccines right away because of the supply and urged people to be patient as more appointments come online.

Friday, Boston 25 News left messages with the COVID-19 Command Center and governor’s press office to see what is being told to seniors planning to get vaccinated early next week. There was no immediate response to our questions.

Boston 25 News also emailed CIC Health, which is administering the vaccines at mass vaccination sites.

“In case of snow, we will stay open and honor appointments. If conditions are unsafe, we will proactively notify individuals to cancel their appointments and will help them reschedule,” said Sue Minichiello, CIC Health Director of PR & Communications.

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