BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts is adding more COVID vaccine appointments to meet demand in an effort to reach the state’s most vulnerable residents as quickly as possible.
Gov. Charlie Baker discussed the state’s vaccination process on Wednesday following a tour of the Fenway Park vaccine site.READ MORE: 2 Teenagers Charged With Murder After Fatal Shooting Of Adrian Kimborowicz In Lowell
Baker said over 55,000 appointments will go live Thursday for the following week at mass vaccination sites in Massachusetts. Combined with pharmacies, healthcare providers, and local boards of health, there will be a total of 120,000 new appointments this week.
There are currently 125 vaccination sites in Massachusetts and Baker expects there to be 165 by the middle of the month.
“We’re working to rapidly increase our infrastructure, to be able to vaccinate people so that we’ll be ready when more vaccine becomes available,” Baker said.READ MORE: Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn Hospitalized After Fall
Baker added that he knows the signup process “has been frustrating.”
“We updated the website this week to add eligibility checkers and the ability to search by Zip Code to find a site that’s open and available to you. And we’re working to stand up a call center, which we’ll have more to say about later this week,” Baker said.
Baker said that while it may take several weeks to secure an appointment, he expects vaccines will soon begin arriving in Massachusetts in greater numbers.MORE NEWS: Have Extra Towels? MSPCA's Angell Medical Center Seeking Donations For Pet Patients
Visit Mass.Gov/CovidVaccine to find out when you’re eligible and to book an appointment.