Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has almost reached his administration’s goal of vaccinating more than four million residents in the Commonwealth.
Baker said that Massachusetts is on track to meet its goal of vaccinating 4.1 million people by early June, with the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that 3.9 million people have been fully or partially vaccinated as of Monday, May 3.
An additional 180,000 Massachusetts residents are also scheduled to receive their first dose within the next week.
Baker also announced that the state is prepared to expand the existing part of its vaccination program with more mobile clinics, and doubling the COVID-19 vaccine dose allocations to Massachusetts’ 20 hardest-hit cities.
Moving forward, Baker said that they will be adding doses for regional collaboratives and increasing doses for primary care providers, which “affirms that they can meet storage and logistical needs.”
“Today we outlined how we're adapting our vaccine infrastructure to reach more people in the coming weeks and months,” Baker stated. “We will work with our partners to deliver even more targeted, community-based options, like our $30 million vaccine equity initiative.”
Baker said that “while reaching 4.1 million residents vaccinated represents progress, the administration will continue to adapt vaccine efforts to be more targeted and will shift vaccines to smaller-scale operations focusing on certain populations and specific communities—such as the Commonwealth’s 20 most disproportionately impacted communities.”
“Over 21,000 doses have been administered through mobile vaccination clinics in Boston, Chelsea, Brockton, Fall River, Springfield, and New Bedford. Mobile clinics have been particularly effective in our equity communities and to reach people of color,” Baker noted. “So far, 61 percent of vaccine recipients at these clinics have been people of color.”
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