WORCESTER (CBS) – A new large-scale COVID vaccination site is opening Tuesday in Massachusetts. It just will be a bit later than anticipated.
Because of icy conditions overnight, officials at the new Worcester State University vaccination site canceled all morning appointments and some in the early afternoon.READ MORE: 'It's Like An Assault.' Bar Made Famous By 'Perfect Storm' Asks For Return Of Stolen Photo Album
“In New England, you’re always a little bit at the mercy of Mother Nature, and we met yesterday afternoon and we decided that given it was looking to be icy this morning, we certainly didn’t want people over 75 venturing out and perhaps slipping on the ice,” said Carolyn Jackson, CEO of Saint Vincent’s Hospital.
Appointments starting at 1:30 p.m. should move forward as scheduled on Tuesday.
“We want to vaccinate as many people as we can, as quickly as we can. And the more people we get vaccinated, the quicker we can cut off the spread of the variants,” she said.READ MORE: 'A Tragic Case Of Domestic Violence.' Police Investigating Possible Murder-Suicide In Oxford
Worcester’s Medical Director, Dr. Michael Hirsh, called it a race between the vaccinations and the variant in Worcester, with more than half of the state’s cases of the variant being found in Worcester County.
“We got to get more needles in arms, and the faster we do that, the less likely that this virus variant will find the host that it needs to keep multiplying,” Dr. HIrsh said.
Jackson added once the vaccination site gets up and running, it should play a significant role in this race.
“We would like to get up to a 1,000 doses a day as soon as supply allows,” she said.MORE NEWS: 'Amazing, Absolutely Amazing.' Former NFL Player Living In Provincetown Reacts To Carl Nassib's Coming Out
The appointments that had to be postponed on Tuesday were rescheduled for the same time slots on Saturday.