Full locations at Springfield’s Eastfield Mall for COVID vaccine appointments until early next week, filled within hours of opening
Hours after the opening of the meeting slots at the Eastfield Mall in Springfield for those eligible for their coronavirus vaccine, the slots were already filled until early next week.
State Senator Eric Lesser, whose district includes Springfield, noted on Wednesday how quickly appointments were made.
Current status of the Springfield vaccination site. 2 slots available by February 2, ”Lesser tweeted. “It is a city of 160,000 inhabitants. @MassGovernor, this process is not going well.
At the start of the day, there were 800 to over 900 appointments available daily.
Healthcare workers, first responders and other Phase 1 responders could all make appointments as early as January 29, the same day the Eastfield Mall will be the first mall in western Massachusetts. mass vaccination site.
People 75 and over could also schedule their shots at the Springfield Mall through the Curative platform, but was unable to make an appointment before February 1, as this is the first priority group in the second phase of the plan.
The lack of available vaccines has been a concern in the state.
Asked by reporters about concerns about availability on Wednesday, Baker asked for patience and said he was prepared to check appointments several times. Appointments will be added as they go, according to state health officials.
He noted that about 40,000 first responders still need to be vaccinated, along with other priority workers in Phase 1. There are about one million people aged 75 and over in Massachusetts, Baker said.
“If you have a million eligible people and you’ve only received a million doses since it started in December, you’re going to be limited by the supply,” he said.
Since this week, Massachusetts plans to have 103 vaccination sites accessible to the public to allow the state to have the capacity to administer 242,000 doses of vaccine each week. Other rental locations include Gillette Stadium and Fenway Park.
Baker said on Wednesday he expected Massachusetts to administer 300,000 doses each week by mid-February.
He announced Wednesday that the Biden-Harris administration will increase the amount of COVID vaccines made available to Massachusetts in the coming weeks.