About 1.7 million additional people become eligible for vaccine on Monday

While our supply from the federal government has seen a modest increase, as I've said before, our capacity to administer doses remains much greater than the number of doses we get each week.

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- Beginning Monday, all individuals in the commonwealth 16 and older will become eligible for the vaccine. That's an additional 1.7 million people. While our supply from the federal government has seen a modest increase, as I said before, our capacity to administer doses remains much greater than the number of doses we get each week. For people who become newly eligible on Monday, you should expect it may take several weeks to book an appointment. And information for all vaccine sites are available at mass.gov/covidvaccine.

If you're seeking an appointment at a mass vaccination site, preregister for an appointment at mass.gov/covidvaccine. Our tech team continues to work hard to improve our website and user experience, and is prepared for the influx of traffic that will probably occur before and on the 19th. This week, four new regional collaboratives will be added to our preregistration system. Northborough, West Springfield, Palmer, and Northhampton. That makes a total of six regional collaboratives now on the VaxFinder to increase visibility for users.

If you're looking for an appointment at one of these regional sites, please preregister. And even if you preregister, you can, obviously, continue to look for an appointment at other providers, like pharmacies, community health centers, and your healthcare provider. In fact, I would say at this point, we've had, what, about 300,000 people who preregistered and then unregistered because they got an appointment somewhere else? Is that about right? OK.

We're working to get doses to eligible people as fast as we can, but how fast we move will continue to depend on how fast we get doses from our friends in Washington.

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