BOSTON (CBS) — Massachusetts is now rolling out coronavirus vaccinations to prisons and other congregate care settings.
There are about 11,000 inmates and staff at Department of Corrections facilities. It’s expected to take about three weeks to give vaccines to everyone in the system who wants it.READ MORE: October Night Skies Bring Full Hunter's Moon And Orionid Meteor Shower
Group homes, shelters and residential treatment programs can also begin vaccinations.READ MORE: Red Sox Fan Walking To Bleacher Bar Snags Xander Bogaerts Home Run Ball
“These facilities are prioritized because they serve vulnerable populations in densely populated settings,” Gov. Charlie Baker said at a news conference last week.
As of Thursday, Massachusetts had administered 239,000 vaccines.MORE NEWS: Facebook Planning To Change Its Name, Report Says
Also on Monday, Gillette Stadium officially opened as the state’s first mass vaccination site for first responders in the state.