Vaccination plan shifts to target remaining MA population

BOSTON — Up to a thousand people a day can get vaccinated at The Shaw’s Center in Brockton, operated by the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center.

It was convenient and quick for Darlene Johnson and her son Colin.

“That’s ideal. For it to be near everybody’s homes is what its all about,” Johnson said.

Making it as easy as possible for folks to get the vaccine was the mission laid out by Governor Baker on Monday.

Along with that, Dr. Paul Biddinger of Massachusetts General Hospital reminded people of the risks of choosing not to get vaccinated. That includes long haulers, people who had COVID-19 and still have lingering complications.

“It appears that 10 percent of people who get COVID may have ongoing symptoms,” Dr. Biddinger said.

Breaking through vaccine hesitancy is a big obstacle, according to Vicki Brown, who just received her second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

“I think that they definitely need to get more information out there about people needing to get the vaccine because there are still a lot of people who are very scared and skeptical,” Johnson said.

Reaching those people is a bridge that leads back to normalcy, which so many are needing.

“I just wish everyone would get vaccinated, so we can all take these masks off – ya know?” Johnson added.

The vaccination site in Brockton now accepts appointments from several neighboring communities outside of Brockton. You can sign up online.

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