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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

麻州州長: 2/18起,65歲以上可預約接種新冠疫苗


麻州州長查理貝克(Charlie Baker)強調麻州在施打疫苗速度上,
現在已排名全美前十。(視頻截圖)
          (Boston Orange 綜合編譯)麻州州長查理貝克(Charlie Baker) (17)日宣佈,明(218)日起,65歲以上,以及有2種以上病症者,包括哮喘病等,都可預約接種新冠病毒(COVID-19)疫苗。

              預約可上網www.mass.gov/covidvaccine,或是https://vaxfinder.mass.gov 。無法上網預約者,可撥打211熱線。

             218日將有大約7萬個空位,可供人們預約接種疫苗。查理貝克表示,除非聯邦政府分發給麻州的疫苗數量大幅度增加,每天7萬人左右的施打疫苗速度,大概不會改變。

             麻州政府表示,這意味著又有100萬人有資格接種新冠疫苗了。而且,除非聯邦政府大幅度增加疫苗分發數量,估計需要一個多月,所有這些符合資格者才能全部都接種了疫苗。麻州迄今每週施打疫苗的數量為11萬劑。

 

2月17日的麻州新冠疫苗分發,施打進度。

           麻州健康及人民服務長Marylou Sudders表示,麻州正在簡化疫苗分發,施打作業,將分發更多疫苗到6個大型疫苗注射站,以及接受來自全州各地居民的13個區域疫苗合作站。31日起,大約65個市鎮診所將只接受住在當地的民眾前往注射第一劑疫苗。注射第二劑的就無居住地區限制。

             麻州目前有170個施打疫苗地點,95%的麻州居民在距離住處的30分鐘到45分鐘路程內,都可找到一個施打疫苗地點。

            4個大型施打疫苗站分別為春田市的Eastfield 購物商場,Danvers市的雙樹酒店,波士頓市的芬衛球場(Fenway Park),以及Foxboro市的吉列體育館(Gillette Stadium)。近期內將再增加2個大型疫苗注射站。

             麻州政府今日通知了個地方市鎮的公共衛生局,說明州政府的簡化疫苗分發計畫,並優先分發給受新冠病毒影響最大的20個市鎮,包括Boston; Brockton; Chelsea; Everett; Fall River; Fitchburg; Framingham; Haverhill; Holyoke; Lawrence; Leominster; Lowell; Lynn; Malden; Methuen; New Bedford; Randolph; Revere; Springfield; and Worcester

             前述限當地居民接種疫苗的規定,不適用於這20個市鎮。

             患有以下病症者,符合這第2階段的接種疫苗規定,包括哮喘(中度至重度),癌症,慢性腎病,COPD(慢性阻塞性肺疾病),唐氏綜合症,心臟疾病,例如心力衰竭,冠狀動脈疾病或心肌病,實體器官移植產生的免疫受損狀態(免疫系統減弱),肥胖和嚴重肥胖(體重指數[BMI]30 kg / m2或更高),懷孕,鐮狀細胞性貧血症,抽煙導致的病症,第2型糖尿病等。

             麻州州長查理貝克在疫情匯報中表示,從12月麻州收到疫苗開始,第一優先是放在醫護人員身上,接著是長照機構的居民及工作人員,州政府的目標是保護人們的生命,維持麻州的醫療體系。21日開始,75歲以上耆英也有資格接種疫苗了。過去2週,進展很快,上星期麻州共施打了285000劑疫苗,超過了麻州每週從聯邦政府那兒收到的疫苗數量。現在已經有25100075歲以上耆英接種了新冠疫苗。那是麻州該一人口群的大約一半了。比全美國該一人口群的疫苗接種平均率。

             查理貝克表示,麻州在第一劑疫苗施打率上,排名全國第九,若以施打疫苗的人均總數來計算,在人口超過500萬的24州中,麻州排名第一。

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Vaccine Appointment Booking for Individuals Ages 65+, Individuals with 2+ Certain Medical Conditions to Begin on February 18th

BOSTON – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced individuals ages 65 and over and those with 2+ certain medical conditions, including Asthma, can visit www.mass.gov/covidvaccine to start booking an appointment for vaccine beginning tomorrow, February 18th

With this announcement, almost 1 million individuals are newly eligible for vaccine.

Due to extremely high demand for appointments and limited vaccine supply, it could take more than a month for all eligible individuals to secure an available appointment, unless federal supply significantly increases. Recently, Massachusetts has been receiving approximately 110,000 first doses per week from the federal government. Residents are encouraged to keep checking the website as appointments are added on a rolling basis.  

Individuals 65 and over:

Individuals 65 and over, including residents and staff of low income and affordable public and private senior housing are eligible to receive vaccine effective tomorrow, February 18th.

Residents and staff of low income and affordable public and private senior housing can learn more about vaccination options here.

Individuals with 2+ Certain Medical Conditions:

Individuals 16 and older with two or more of certain medical conditions (defined below) are eligible for vaccine, effective tomorrow.

In concert with CDC guidelines, the Commonwealth has adopted the list of conditions that cause individuals to be at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Massachusetts has also identified moderate to severe asthma as an eligible medical condition.

Phase 2 eligible conditions: 

  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Smoking
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Learn more from CDC: COVID-19: People with Certain Medical Conditions

Mass Vaccination Appointments:

Tomorrow morning, over 70,000 appointments are scheduled to be posted at mass vaccination sites (Eastfield Mall in Springfield, Double Tree Hotel in Danvers, Fenway Park in Boston and Gillette Stadium in Foxboro).

Details for booking can be found via the COVID-19 Vaccine Finder, which enables residents to search for a vaccination location and view appointment availability before scheduling. The tool can be accessed via the state’s vaccination website at www.mass.gov/COVIDvaccine or directly at https://vaxfinder.mass.gov.

Individuals that are unable to access appointments via the internet can call 211 and follow the prompts for vaccine appointments.

There are currently over 170 vaccination locations across the Commonwealth. Currently, almost 95% of our population lives within a 45-minute drive of a mass vaccination site or within 30 minutes of a regional (high volume site) - not counting the pharmacies, provider and community health center vaccination sites.

Local Boards of Health:

Today, Local Boards of Health were informed of the Commonwealth’s streamlined vaccination distribution plan that prioritizes equity and high-capacity throughput vaccination, particularly as vaccine supply from the federal government remains extremely constrained.

This streamlined distribution plan will increase vaccine access at high throughput vaccination locations such as mass vaccination sites or regional sites and at pharmacy sites. In addition to increasing efficiency in administering the vaccine, the Commonwealth will ensure that the program is equitable and meets the needs of communities that have been the most disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. 

Utilizing the social vulnerability index as a starting point, the Department of Public Health has identified 20 municipalities that have had the greatest COVID burden and have the greatest per centage of non- white residents. These municipalities are: Boston; Brockton; Chelsea; Everett; Fall River; Fitchburg; Framingham; Haverhill; Holyoke; Lawrence; Leominster; Lowell; Lynn; Malden; Methuen; New Bedford; Randolph; Revere; Springfield; and Worcester. 

These municipalities will continue to distribute vaccine at the local level, are prioritized for the retail pharmacy program, and are served by community health centers and other health care providers administering vaccine. 

Local Boards of Health will continue to play a crucial role in our collective plan to curb COVID-19. The Administration is asking Local Boards of Health to support these critical objectives:

  • Planning to vaccinate homebound individuals in their community and older adults in private and public low income and affordable housing.
  • Encourage residents to get vaccinated at mass vaccination sites, retail pharmacies and other locations that are open to all residents.
Increase vaccine awareness of safety and efficacy so that when the Commonwealth does have more incoming vaccine from the Federal Government, and as more groups become eligible, communities are ready and willing to accept vaccine

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