Massachusetts Will Stop Sending First Vaccine Doses To Most Towns And Cities

Towns that have set up their own distribution sites are frustrated by the state's new vaccine plan. WBZ-TV's Bill Shields reports.

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LISA HUGHES: As part of the governor's plan to streamline the vaccine process, community health clinics are essentially being cut off. Now, the state says, for the most part, it's not sending the COVID vaccine to smaller city and town clinics and instead is going to be focusing on mass vaccination sites, regional sites, and pharmacies. But as WBZ's Bill Shields reports, not everyone supports this plan.

BILL SHIELDS: This Knights of Columbus Hall in Whitman was all set to vaccinate the town's residents. But now, the governor wants to regionalize the entire process.

TIM GRENNO: Every town around me has prepared themselves and set themselves up, ready to vaccinate their own.

BILL SHIELDS: So now, towns will have to form a consortium and pool their resources to create bigger but fewer sites.

TIM GRENNO: This is where Beacon Hill is out of touch with the residents of Massachusetts. The 75-years-and-older residents will not travel to mass vaccination sites.

BILL SHIELDS: In Marshfield, the town has already turned the fairgrounds into a vaccination site for Plymouth County residents. Now, it'll grow to be regional.

MIKE MARESCO: In order to be a regional site-- which we're already somewhat regional because we're Plymouth County-- now, with Secretary Sudders' new mandate, we would probably become like a state site, but for the southeast region.

BILL SHIELDS: This change in tactics by the governor and the DPH may prove cumbersome at first. But they're convinced, in the long run, it'll smooth things out.

I'm Bill Shields, WBZ News.