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Massachusetts to begin giving COVID-19 vaccines to first responders today – WCVB Boston

JENNIFER: THIS IS A SITE WHERE FIRST RESPONDERS WILL BE ROLLING UP THEIR SLEEVES. 45,000 POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS, EMTS ARE NOW ELIGIBLE FOR THE SHOT STATEWIDE. THERE WILL BE 60 VACCINATION SITES SET UP THIS WEEK TO HELP PROTECT THEM AS THEY DEAL WITH THE VIRUS ON THE FRONT LINES. THE STATE IS WORKING TO SET UP REGIONAL MASS VACCINATION SITES. THOSE COULD BE USED FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC WHEN WE REACH THAT PHASE. THE STATE HAD ADMINISTERED NEARLY 140,001ST DOSES OF THE VACCINE. WE’VE POSTED A LIST OF THE SITES DOING THE FIRST RESPONDER VACCINATIONS ON OUR APP. THE POLICE CHIEF AND FIRE CHIEF WILL BE THE FIRST IN LINE. THEY WILL GET THE SHOT JUST AFTER 7

First responders in Massachusetts begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines

The statewide plan to begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to Massachusetts first responders began on Monday. “Police officers, firefighters, EMTs and all first responders work in risky situations every day and this vaccine will protect them from COVID and the terrible illness that can come with it,” Gov. Charlie Baker said last week. Baker said more than 45,000 first responders will be eligible for the vaccination, which will be administered in one of three settings:Qualifying departments, such as ambulance companies, can request to administer vaccines on site. Requirements include having appropriate storage equipment for the vaccines and a minimum need of 200 doses.At 60 vaccination sites across the state where appointments will begin to be booked later this week. A map of the sites is available on the state website. Four regional mass vaccination sites, which will be launched later this month. The administration said details for these sites will be provided in the near future and Baker confirmed the sites could later be used for the general public in future phases of the vaccine rollout.Dozens of first responders in several communities, including Dedham and Worcester, received their first doses of the vaccine early Monday.Last week’s announcement of a plan followed a meeting between state officials and representatives of the state’s first responders.Some members of the Quincy Fire Department received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on New Year’s Eve. Photos of some of the vaccinations, which were administered by Manet Community Health Center, were posted to a union Facebook page on Thursday. On Sunday, the Department of Public Health reported 413,329 total confirmed cases of the virus across the state since the start of the pandemic. An estimated 90,567 cases are currently active. As of Jan. 5, the latest information contained in a report issued on Jan. 7, nearly 140,000 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in the state. PHNjcmlwdCBpZD0iaW5mb2dyYW1fMF85MTUyMTg3My03NmRhLTQ0ZmUtOTA0Ny1mMTllZWFlZGFjNmQiIHRpdGxlPSJDb3JvbmF2aXJ1cyBpbiBNYXNzYWNodXNldHRzIiBzcmM9Imh0dHBzOi8vZS5pbmZvZ3JhbS5jb20vanMvZGlzdC9lbWJlZC5qcz9yeXoiIHR5cGU9InRleHQvamF2YXNjcmlwdCI+PC9zY3JpcHQ+New data on the pandemic is published every afternoon, around 5 p.m., by the Department of Public Health.

The statewide plan to begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to Massachusetts first responders began on Monday.

“Police officers, firefighters, EMTs and all first responders work in risky situations every day and this vaccine will protect them from COVID and the terrible illness that can come with it,” Gov. Charlie Baker said last week.

Baker said more than 45,000 first responders will be eligible for the vaccination, which will be administered in one of three settings:

  1. Qualifying departments, such as ambulance companies, can request to administer vaccines on site. Requirements include having appropriate storage equipment for the vaccines and a minimum need of 200 doses.
  2. At 60 vaccination sites across the state where appointments will begin to be booked later this week. A map of the sites is available on the state website.
  3. Four regional mass vaccination sites, which will be launched later this month. The administration said details for these sites will be provided in the near future and Baker confirmed the sites could later be used for the general public in future phases of the vaccine rollout.

Dozens of first responders in several communities, including Dedham and Worcester, received their first doses of the vaccine early Monday.

Dedham first responders COVID-19 vaccine

Dedham Police

First responders in Dedham receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Last week’s announcement of a plan followed a meeting between state officials and representatives of the state’s first responders.

Some members of the Quincy Fire Department received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on New Year’s Eve. Photos of some of the vaccinations, which were administered by Manet Community Health Center, were posted to a union Facebook page on Thursday.

On Sunday, the Department of Public Health reported 413,329 total confirmed cases of the virus across the state since the start of the pandemic. An estimated 90,567 cases are currently active.

As of Jan. 5, the latest information contained in a report issued on Jan. 7, nearly 140,000 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in the state.

New data on the pandemic is published every afternoon, around 5 p.m., by the Department of Public Health.

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