BOSTON (WPRI) — Massachusetts is set to reach another milestone in COVID-19 vaccinations.
More than 1.5 million people will be fully vaccinated against the virus in the state and over 2.5 million will have received their first dose by the end of the day Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced.
Baker, 64, received his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the Hynes Convention Center vaccination site.
“I preregistered and was notified last week that I was now eligible to make an appointment, and I did and so far I feel great,” he said.
Massachusetts is one of 13 states that more than 80% of residents ages 75 and older have received at least their first dose of the vaccine, the governor said.
He also said 24% of the Massachusetts’ Black population has received at least one dose, as well as 16% of the state’s Hispanic population. This is about double the national average, according to Baker.
“We obviously have more work to do, but we are making significant progress on vaccinating a larger and larger share of our population,” he said.
Massachusetts opened up eligibility to people ages 55 and older on Monday, along with individuals 16 and older with certain medical conditions, adding an additional one million eligible people.
“Our goal is to make sure that every person in the Commonwealth that wants a vaccine can get one as quickly as possible,” Baker said.
The state also adjusted the medical conditions that make a person eligible for the vaccine, to correspond with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance. Baker said residents will be able to adjust their preregistration form if one of their medical conditions is added to the list.
The governor said this week the federal allocation provided 385,000 doses to community health centers, the federal retail pharmacy program and community vaccination clinics, in addition to the 445,000 doses allocated to the state.
The state allocation includes 198,000 first and second doses of Pfizer, 138,000 first and second doses of Moderna and 109,000 doses of the single dose Johnson & Johnson, according to the governor.
“While we expect to see increased shipments of J&J in the weeks ahead, right now this week’s significant shipment should be thought of as a one time allocation,” Baker explained.
Community vaccination centers, including the mobile vaccination clinics, are receiving 42,000 directly from the federal government, the federal retail pharmacy will receive 255,000 directly from the federal government and community health centers are receiving 120,000 from the state and federal government.
The rest of the state’s allocation has 116,000 doses going to mass vaccination sites, 164,000 to health systems and health care providers, 118,000 to regional collaboratives and local boards of health and 10,000 for the homebound initiative and care facilities.
Mass. Department of Public Health reported 61,251 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, and an additional 12 people in the state had died after contracting the virus.
The data also shows 725 people are in the hospital with COVID-19, with 169 patients in the intensive care unit and 97 on ventilators.