Massachusetts will begin to adapt the vaccination process and begin reallocating resources as the state attempts to reach the "harder-to-reach populations," Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. said at a press conference Monday morning, May 3.
Gov. Baker said Massachusetts has more than 3.5 million people fully vaccinated and the commonwealth's target goal of 4.1 million people will be reached by the beginning of June.
"At this point, we're adjusting our vaccine distribution strategy to be more targeted and will shift vaccines to smaller-scale operations that can focus on particular communities or particular populations,” Gov. Baker said.
These smaller-scale operations will include more doses for 22 regional collaborations, doubled allocation for the 20 most impacted communities and an increase to mobile vaccination clinics.
To date, mobile clinics have administered more than 21,000 doses, the governor said. He added that 60 percent of people reached by the clinics are people of color.
Gov. Baker said efforts will expand to bring vaccines to senior centers, houses of worships, YMCAs and other community-based organizations.
This reallocation of resources will also include closing four of the seven mass vaccination sites by the end of June. Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, the DoubleTree in Danvers and the Natick Mall are the four locations that will close.
At the mass vaccination sites, more than 1.2 million doses have been administered, and they have almost fully vaccinated close to 500,000 people since Gillette, the first mass vaccination site, opened in January. Currently, 250,000 second doses are scheduled to administer at these sites in May and 180,000 first doses over the next week.
The governor added that 99 percent of people in Massachusetts go back for their second shots.
"The people of Massachusetts, time and time again, have stood up and done the right thing when we needed them to most to get us to the next phase in the process," Gov. Baker said.
Since January 1, hospitalizations in the state are down by 77 percent and new cases are down by 82 percent.