Covid-19 Vaccination Update

Published February 18, 2021 | Council on Aging | Updated March 1, 2021 | Automatically Archived on 3/6/2021

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Sudbury Senior Center COVID Vaccination Update

2/18/21

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The State Department of Public Health has indicated that they are trying their best to ramp up vaccination numbers as quickly as possible.  As such, they have decided to focus their efforts on funneling vaccine to the larger entities that they have already been working with – the entities who can offer hundreds of vaccinations per day.  Therefore, it is unlikely, though not impossible, that the Sudbury Board of Health, will be receiving vaccine to administer to residents.

As I’m sure you have heard, the Governor announced that people 65+ and/or people with two co-morbidities (at risk medical conditions), as well as people in senior affordable housing, are able to schedule vaccination appointments as of this morning.  Unfortunately, this increases demand on the state’s website for appointments and has already caused some issues.  It is still important for eligible Sudbury residents to keep trying to schedule appointments using the state’s website at https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine.   

If you are a Sudbury resident who is eligible to receive the vaccine, but you need help with appointment information, please send an email at [email protected] or leave a voicemail at 978-443-3055.  Staff of the Senior Center are not able to register adults for vaccination appointments but can provide up-to-date information.

State Opens Call Center for Vaccine Appointments

The Call center is open to help seniors who cannot use the online system to book vaccine appointments: 

The call center can be reached Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Friday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., by dialing 211, and will be staffed by more than 500 representatives, speaking both English and Spanish. Translators also will be available in about 100 additional languages.

Vaccine supply still waxes and wanes and appointment availability will vary.  However, the state assures that all who want a vaccination will be able to receive one.

65+ residents who are able to use the internet can still go to https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine to search for an open vaccination appointment.  This website has been revamped to be easier to use.

 

The Sudbury Senior Center and Sudbury Board of Health are in frequent contact about the COVID-19 pandemic and the vaccine.  The best way to stay up-to-date is to check the Sudbury Board of Health and Council on Aging or Senior Center webpages for up-to-date information.

Key Take-a-ways about Vaccinations

  • There will be enough vaccine for everyone who would like to get a vaccination.
  • Vaccine delivery is not consistent and may interrupt registration for vaccinations.
  • The Sudbury Board of Health has been trying to secure a delivery of vaccine, but has not received any vaccine, and it is looking unlikely they will receive any.
  • The availability to get vaccine in local spots is increasing and should make it easier to get a local vaccination soon. Many people have had success with various local CVS, CareWell Urgent Care and other Urgent Care centers in the area, and some large medical practices. 
  • You may need to try several times at different times of day, and on different days, before finding an available vaccination appointment.  It could take a few weeks to a month to find an appointment.  Sometimes trying just after midnight or on Thursday night/Friday morning is helpful.
  • Information and access are constantly changing.

 

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