ANDOVER (CBS) – “I’m excited,” Claire Bishop of Andover told WBZ after learning she would be bumped up the list in vaccine priority thanks to a change announced Monday afternoon by Governor Baker. “It’s a good day.”
Baker announced Phase 2of Massachusetts’ vaccine distribution will begin on February 1, and immediately following people 75 or older, people 65 or older will be eligible for a shot — a new addition to the list.READ MORE: 'It's Panic': CareWell Urgent Care Patients Concerned 2nd Vaccine Doses Will Be Canceled
That was big news for Bishop, 67, who welcomed four new grandchildren in 2020. She wasn’t able to see any of them in the hospital, and scheduled visits one family at a time in between quarantining, or through a glass window.
“It was very sad for the parents because they have these beautiful blessings they want to share with the world and they have to isolate them,” she told WBZ.READ MORE: Rep. Pressley, Black Boston COVID-19 Coalition Praise Reggie Lewis Center's Mass Vaccination Site
The four grandkids will be celebrating their first birthdays soon, and Claire (aka “Mimi”) and her husband Bill are hoping to be vaccinated soon enough to celebrate with them safely.
“We want to spend a lot of time together, and just for myself, I want to be healthy,” she said. “I have no reservations whatsoever…I want to spend time with [my grandchildren]. I want to see their future and be part of it. Why not get this vaccination?”MORE NEWS: Johnson & Johnson's One-Shot COVID Vaccine Authorized For Emergency Use
Anyone wondering when they will be eligible for a vaccine or wondering where to get one is encouraged to check the state’s vaccine website.