'Relief' As North Shore Senior Homes Anticipate Vaccine: Patch PM

Scott Souza

SALEM, MA — Today is Monday, Dec. 28. These are the stories Patch has been covering on the North Shore and across Massachusetts.

Swampscott senior assisted living facility The Residence at Vinnin Square is on the list of places where the coronavirus vaccine — which was shipped to nursing homes and elder care housing in the state for the first time on Monday — will be soon distributed to a population that has felt the brunt of the virus effects as much as any since the onset of the pandemic in March.

"We are getting word any minute now," Residence of Vinnin Square spokesman Ted Doyle told Patch Monday afternoon of anticipated dates for shots. "Everything is so fluid. But CVS contacted us this week and said: 'Be ready.'"

CVS and Walgreens will be distributing the on-site vaccinations of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines starting this week across the state to senior residents and elder care staff.

"This is a tremendous relief for all of us at this point to have the vaccine coming and available," Doyle said, "and knowing it's a matter of time before we get this under control."

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This article originally appeared on the Swampscott Patch