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Wednesday, March 03, 2021

麻州中小學教師3/11起可接種新冠疫苗

麻州州長查理貝克訪問西教區小學,慶祝學生返校上課第101日。
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(Boston Orange 綜合編譯)麻州州長查理貝克(Charlie Baker)(3)日宣佈,中小學教師311日起可在全州各地的170個疫苗站接種新冠疫苗了。麻州這個月只會收到約58000J&J疫苗。

下週,麻州將在Lower Merrimack Valley新增一個區域合作疫苗注射站,查詢詳情可上網mass.gov/covidvaccinemapmass

美國總統拜登(Joe Biden)2日才呼籲各州政府,最遲在本月底前,讓老師們接種新冠病毒疫苗,以期學校教育可以早日恢復正常。查理貝克坦言,把老師們接種疫苗的排序提前,是響應拜登總統的呼籲。

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麻州參議會議長President Karen Spilka也在2日時號召議會同仁向查理貝克施壓,催促他在讓老師們注射疫苗上激進些。

符合資格接種新冠病毒疫苗的幼稚園到12年級老師,大約有40萬人。查理貝克表示,在311日起,這些人將納入有資格接種疫苗名單後,州政府的疫情指揮中心將在7個大型疫苗注射站排出特定日期,為老師們施打疫苗。

麻州政府指出,礙於聯邦政府交付的疫苗數量有限,加上現有的已符合注射疫苗資格人數相當多,估計至少要一個月的時間,才能讓所有符合資格者打上第一劑疫苗。

麻州估計,包括第一劑和第二劑,本週會施打共約25萬劑疫苗。34日時,會有12000個施打疫苗機會供符合資格人士登記,麻州的大型疫苗注射站已有45000人預約了施打第二劑疫苗。

查理貝克今早和副州長白莉朵(Karyn Polito)等人專程前往位於高羅士打(Gloucester)的西教區小學(West Parish),慶祝該校返校上課第101日。

3月份只會收到一次,共約58000劑的J&J疫苗之外,麻州大約每週會收到15萬劑輝瑞(Pfizer),以及莫當納(Moderna)疫苗。其中大約5萬劑是由聯邦政府的零售醫藥項目,直接配送給麻州的CVS分店。 

GLOUCESTER — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that K-12 educators, child care workers and K-12 school staff will be eligible to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments starting March 11.  This group of workers will join the current eligible groups (including 65+ and individuals with 2+ certain medical conditions). 

The Administration also released details on available appointments for the upcoming week.

Vaccines for K-12 Educators, Child Care Workers and K-12 School Staff

Beginning March 11th, all K-12 educators, child care workers and K-12 school staff will be eligible to schedule appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. Educators may book appointments at all 170 sites currently open to eligible residents in Massachusetts by visiting www.mass.gov/covidvaccinemap . 

Additionally, the Command Center will work to designate specific days at the seven mass vaccination sites for educators to get their shots.  More details will be released soon.

There are approximately 400,000 K-12 educators, child care workers and K-12 school staff in Massachusetts.  Due to a severely constrained federal supply and the existing population that is currently eligible for vaccines, it is estimated that it will take a month for all eligible individuals to secure a first appointment.  This timeframe is only subject to change if federal supply increases dramatically, including the recently authorized Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

Vaccine Appointments

This week, the Commonwealth anticipates over 250,000 doses will be administered between first and second doses across all providers throughout the Commonwealth.

On Thursday, March 4, 12,000 new first appointments for mass vaccination sites will be made available to eligible groups. Over 45,000 new second dose appointments have also been scheduled at mass vaccination sites.

The number of new appointments (first dose appointments) is less than previous weeks due to the volume of second dose appointments. 7,500 appointments have also been booked by the call center (211) for older adults who were unable to use a computer to book an appointment and required assistance.

As more individuals have received a first vaccine dose  across the Commonwealth, there is a greater  need to book second appointments, so the mass vaccination sites have fewer first dose appointments available on a weekly basis.

Later next week, a new Regional Collaboration will go live: the Lower Merrimack Valley regional collaboration, to include the City of Amesbury, Georgetown, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury and West Newbury. Details on this collaborative will be on the website at mass.gov/covidvaccinemap next week.

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

The COVID-19 Command Center was notified that Massachusetts is receiving only one shipment of 58,000 doses for the month of March. These doses have been allocated – primarily to hospitals and health systems.

Based on information the Commonwealth has received from the federal government, the Administration does not expect to be able to order more J&J doses until the end of March or early April.

While the Commonwealth is receiving limited doses of the J&J vaccine in March, the Administration is continuing to plan for eventual widespread distribution of the J&J vaccine

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