People 65 and older frustrated about delay in getting COVID-19 appointment

People 65 and older frustrated about delay in getting COVID-19 appointment

NORWOOD, Mass. — When it comes to getting a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in Massachusetts, it doesn’t take a lengthy explanation of the frustration for many seniors, like David Chaim of Norwood.

“The website just doesn’t work,” said David Chaim of Norwood.

At 68-years old, he’s been trying to get a vaccine through the state’s companion program with his wife.

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He says he tried the state website to sign up for an appointment but eventually gave up.

Instead, he stayed local, going to the senior center in Norwood for some help.

“Frankly what I ended up having to do, the senior center in town has been fabulous, and that’s the way we’ve wound up going,” said Chaim.

It’s residents like Chaim that Rep. Jake Auchincloss are hearing from.

“My constitutes are frustrated by the rollout, we need to have a centralized, streamlined site where people can pre-register, where do I sign up and where,” said Auchincloss.

He and nine others for the Massachusetts delegation sent a letter to Gov. Charlie Baker echoing those changes as a pathway to progress in the vaccine rollout, saying in part:

“Yet nearly two months after the arrival of the first Pfizer vaccine doses, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with its prestigious health care infrastructure and wealth of technological innovation, remains at the bottom of every national ranking of states’ vaccine distribution.”

Baker joined other state leaders in their own letter, this one to President Biden.

They are asking for changes in the wat the CDC reports data and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

“What we need right now is not finger pointing, what we need is state and federal officials working in concert to increase vaccination supply and increase vaccination distribution. That’s what are constituents expect from us,” said Auchincloss.

Teamwork, residents like Chaim hope, will translate into a date with a vaccine, soon.

“I’m hoping sometime in March when they open it up for those 65 and up, but at this point we have no idea when that will be,” said Chaim.

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