COVID vaccine timeline announced, many still wondering when they’ll get the shot

BOSTON — In a little more than a month, on April 19, everyone 16 and older in Massachusetts will be eligible to get a Covid-19 vaccine. That’s news as Gov. Charlie Baker learned the federal government is ramping up the vaccine supply.

“And I think for the most part, many of us are really enthusiastic about where this is going,” said Baker.

Good news but some still want to know when they’ll actually get the shot.

“It would be good to have some clarity just so we know, other than that, (we’re) just kind of waiting our turn,” said Trent Stoddard of Brookline.

Baker announced new eligibility timelines:

  • MARCH 22: ANYONE 60 OR OLDER QUALIFIES
  • APRIL 5: ANYONE 55 AND OVER AND WITH ONE CERTAIN MEDICAL CONDITION QUALIFIES
  • APRIL 19: ANYONE 16 OR OLDER QUALIFIES

Debra Block, who is an educator, says she can’t wait.

“I would like it to go as quickly as is humanly possible,” said Block.

And she wants the vaccine for work, but also family reasons.

“I haven’t seen my parents in a year and they’re both turning 90,” said Block.

Baker said he understands the human toll Covid has taken and says once vaccinations are completed, it’s on to the next big challenge: repairing the Massachusetts economy.

“Regroup and rebuild an economy that for many people has been just brutal,” said Baker.


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