Coronavirus Vaccine – Walk-ins for coronavirus vaccine shots in Massachusetts more common, open slots at mass vax sites
Walk-ins for coronavirus vaccine shots are becoming more common in Massachusetts, while open appointments are available across the board at mass vax sites — including slots for within the hour.
The mad dash to book vax appointments is in the rearview mirror.
Some vax providers are starting to accept walk-ins for the COVID-19 vaccine, including at UMass Memorial Health Care’s vax site at the Mercantile Center in Worcester on Tuesday.
All vaccinations there had been given by appointment only, but UMass Memorial Health Care announced it was accepting walk-ins on Tuesday. Tufts University last week also offered walk-ins to the general public.
These walk-ins come as those in the Baker administration say the state will “soon” begin to accept walk-ins at some mass vaccination sites.
President Biden on Tuesday encouraged all states to offer walk-in options at state vax sites to make it easier to get vaccinated, and he also directed tens of thousands of pharmacies to offer walk-ins.
Meanwhile, the hectic dash to book vax appointments is over, and people no longer have to wait for a text or email from the state’s pre-registration system for an open slot at a mass vax site. People can now visit the state’s COVID-19 vaccine finder and find available appointments.
The Herald on Tuesday found plenty of open appointments at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center, with many available within the hour.
“Any appointments already made through the Commonwealth’s preregistration site or through community partners will be honored, and thousands of new appointments will become available at each site every week,” CIC Health, which runs the Hynes, Reggie Lewis Center and Gillette Stadium sites, said in a statement. “We are working closely with the State, and with our mass vaccination site partners, to ensure that any guest who would like to receive a vaccination can do so.”
Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday said the state will begin to ramp down the state’s seven mass vaccination sites, and more vaccines will be dispersed more widely across communities.
The Vaccine Equity Now! Coalition said in a statement, “This is a critical step towards expanding vaccine access by shifting focus away from mass sites that were challenging for some to get to and instead bringing doses directly to where people already are.”