STOUGHTON (CBS) – The next group of Massachusetts residents will have access to the COVID vaccine starting Monday – and that includes grocery workers, who have fought for eligibility for weeks.
Grocery workers are breathing a sigh of relief as they learn they’ll become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday.READ MORE: Emerson College Requires All Students To Have COVID Vaccine By Fall Semester
“It’s great. It’s about time. We’ve been waiting a long time,” said one grocery store worker.
For weeks, the essential workers have asked Gov. Charlie Baker for the shot.
“They worked throughout the whole pandemic, day in and day out. They didn’t have the ability that many others had, right, to work from home,” said Fernando Lemus of UFCW Local 1445.
Now the rest of the schedule is here:
The full timeline is available at mass.gov/COVIDVaccinePhases.READ MORE: $13,000 Flute Left In Boston Taxi Cab Nearly A Decade Ago Returned To Owner
“We will be able to move faster to get doses to a residents, and this is long overdue and welcome. We’re all eager to get back to something like normal and see our friends and loved ones again,” Baker said.
It’s welcome news for people in each phase, here, a retail worker, a man with asthma and a young mother with no medical issues will fall into each of the next three phases respectively.
“I’m excited, just because I feel like the more people who get vaccinated, the soon things can start to go back to normal, I guess,” said retail worker Bella Shields.
“It’s a monkey off my back with having a pre-existing condition. It’s relieving,” said Mark Bishop, who has asthma.
“I was like, ‘Wow, everybody’s going to get the vaccine. That’s excellent!’ And I called my husband immediately,” said Cindy Labbe with a baby in her hand.
So far, more than three million doses have landed in Massachusetts, and more than 972,000 people are fully vaccinated. Anyone can pre-register at mass.gov/covidvaccine, and after a bumpy start, people are optimistic.MORE NEWS: Brigham And Women's 'Hearts On The Bridge' Display Honors Lives Lost And Saved From COVID
Governor Baker says he expects the state to hit the one million mark – as in one million people fully vaccinated – in the next 24 hours.