After months of waiting, anyone over the age of sixteen will be able to make an appointment to be vaccinated against the coronavirus in Massachusetts starting Monday.
Bay State is one of the last states to make snapshots available to the general adult population.
People like Andrew Sagerian of Boston are ready to finally get their COVID-19 vaccine.
“I’m just going to be able to get back to normal,” Sagerian said. “Most of my family have already been vaccinated, which is good to know that they are already vaccinated. But now I can go out and do things with them.
Sagerian and an additional 1.7 million Massachusetts residents will become eligible to receive the vaccine in the Commonwealth on Monday.
“I want to get the shot,” said Mackenzie Ryan, a Tyngsboro resident.
“We’re almost going to be a normal summer; we’re getting there, ”said Bostonian Allison Leacu.
The expanded eligibility will make a big difference to many people, including those who have already been vaccinated.
“I am so excited that the rest of my friends and family are eligible,” said Tina Russell, a Boston resident.
Russell says it’s only as more people get vaccinated that life will at least start to feel normal again.
“I think it will really open up my world again because being the only person vaccinated, I still can’t do anything, like socially,” she said.
Massachusetts is one of the latest states to extend vaccine eligibility to anyone who qualifies.
The state’s online vaccine registration tool went live last month, changing the sign-up process for large-scale site appointments. Pre-registered residents will be added to a waiting list where they will receive weekly status updates and will be notified when an appointment becomes available.
Pre-registration only takes a few minutes on registrationvaccin.mass.gov to get on a waiting list for an appointment at one of the large-scale construction sites.
Once an appointment is open, residents will be notified by email, phone or text, depending on their preference. The notification will include a link with a special code needed to schedule the appointment, which expires after one day.
The appointment must be accepted within 24 hours, otherwise the resident will be returned to the queue and will have to wait for another appointment. Depending on the supply, it may take weeks before people are notified that an appointment is available at a mass vaccination site.
Residents can unsubscribe from pre-registration at any time if they get an appointment elsewhere.
Gov. Charlie Baker has said the hiatus in Johnson & Johnson vaccine administration won’t make much of a difference to vaccine distribution in Massachusetts.
Appointments in other regional and local sites and pharmacies are available on https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/
Residents can also go directly to the websites of Walgreens, CVS and Walmart to find free slots.
During the weekend, Massachusetts passed full vaccination milestone for over 2 million people. Over 3 million first doses have been administered.
Gov. Charlie Baker said he expects “minimal disruption” to vaccine distribution in Massachusetts despite Tuesday’s decision to suspend use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine while the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration investigate further blood clots in six women that occurred within days of receiving the J&J vaccine.
Baker said Johnson & Johnson’s doses are only a small part of the state’s vaccine supply, so he doesn’t expect the hiatus to have a major impact in Bay State. .