/Massachusetts educators booked 25,000 vaccination appointments at CVS in 3 days last week – WCVB Boston

Massachusetts educators booked 25,000 vaccination appointments at CVS in 3 days last week – WCVB Boston


Thousands of Massachusetts educators are beginning to get their COVID-19 vaccines from pharmacies participating in a federal distribution program. Approximately 25,000 vaccination appointments were booked at CVS Pharmacies by individuals who identified themselves as educators from Wednesday to Friday of last week, according to a company spokesperson. That represents about 71% of all coronavirus vaccination appointments in Massachusetts made through the company. Last week, President Joe Biden set a goal to have every educator, school staff member and child care worker receive at least one shot by the end of the month. He also directed that the Federal Pharmacy Program be used to help deliver the shots.CVS and Walgreens get their doses directly from the federal government.Gov. Charlie Baker announced that educators, early educators, bus drivers and school staff will become eligible to sign up for vaccine appointments at state sites starting on March 11.The state estimated that it will take about a month for the 400,000 educators who will become eligible to receive their first dose. Massachusetts teachers unions have partnered with firefighters to create a program called the Last Mile Vaccination Program, which they say could expedite the vaccination process, but that the plan has yet to be approved by the state.Senate President Karen Spilka has called for the state to use local boards of health to administer the vaccinations to those individuals.

Thousands of Massachusetts educators are beginning to get their COVID-19 vaccines from pharmacies participating in a federal distribution program.

Approximately 25,000 vaccination appointments were booked at CVS Pharmacies by individuals who identified themselves as educators from Wednesday to Friday of last week, according to a company spokesperson. That represents about 71% of all coronavirus vaccination appointments in Massachusetts made through the company.

Last week, President Joe Biden set a goal to have every educator, school staff member and child care worker receive at least one shot by the end of the month. He also directed that the Federal Pharmacy Program be used to help deliver the shots.

CVS and Walgreens get their doses directly from the federal government.

Gov. Charlie Baker announced that educators, early educators, bus drivers and school staff will become eligible to sign up for vaccine appointments at state sites starting on March 11.

The state estimated that it will take about a month for the 400,000 educators who will become eligible to receive their first dose.

Massachusetts teachers unions have partnered with firefighters to create a program called the Last Mile Vaccination Program, which they say could expedite the vaccination process, but that the plan has yet to be approved by the state.

Senate President Karen Spilka has called for the state to use local boards of health to administer the vaccinations to those individuals.

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