REVERE, Mass. (WPRI) — One day after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, Mass. Governor Charlie Baker paid a visit to another clinic Wednesday to give an update on the state’s vaccination efforts.
The state’s preregistration system now includes all mass vaccination sites as well as two regional collaboratives, Baker announced.
Another improvement to the system, according to Baker, is that users are now able to select a vaccination location before seeing available appointments.
“We will continue to make improvements to this system in the weeks ahead and to make the process even easier,” he said. “Especially as we move towards the April 19 date on which everybody will be eligible.“
The state made appointments available to people 55 and older on Monday, along with individuals with certain medical conditions. Baker said the medical conditions were adjusted to meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance.
The governor added that residents are able to adjust their preregistration form if one of their medical conditions was added to the list.
Mobile vaccination clinics also began popping up this week in some of the communities hit hardest hit by the pandemic.
“This enables us to leverage some of the 6,000 additional doses that we receive everyday through the FEMA partnership for hard-hit nearby communities,” Baker explained.
Massachusetts passed more than 1.5 million people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on Tuesday, and more than 2.5 million people have received their first dose, according to Baker.
The Mass. Department of Public Health reported 61,251 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, and an additional 12 people in the state died after contracting the virus.
The data also shows 725 people in the hospital with COVID-19, with 169 patients in the intensive care unit and 97 on ventilators.