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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

3月22日起60歲以上麻州居民可接種疫苗 麻州府將發2470萬元宣導疫苗注射

麻州長查理貝克非常高興收到8000劑強生疫苗。
              (Boston Orange 綜合編譯) 322日起,60歲以上居民及所從工作需面對公眾的人;45日起,55歲以上居民,以及患有一種以上某種疾病者;419日起,16歲以上的一般大眾,都可以接種新冠疫苗了。

             麻州州長查理貝克(Charlie Baker)和麻州人民健康服務長Marylou Sudders(17)日在布洛克頓(Brockton)市醫療中心宣佈這日期更明確了的接種疫苗時間表。

             查理貝克再次強調,在美國人口500萬以上的各州中,麻州的施打新冠疫苗效率排名第二,到本週四時,會有大約100萬麻州居民完整的接種了疫苗,那將是麻州施打新冠疫苗作業的一大里程碑。

   

Marylou Sudders說明2470萬元補助款分發概況。
            419日,凡是年紀在16歲以上者都可打疫苗時,估計又有250萬人符合接種疫苗資格。

             查理貝克表示,新冠疫苗導致的住院率和死亡率,明顯的和年齡有很大關係,麻州相信採用年齡來區分接種疫苗群組,讓最容易受影響的族群接種,是正確決定。

             查理貝克也特地指出,聯邦政府本週交付給麻州17萬劑第一劑疫苗,其中有8000劑只需注射一劑,儲存溫度要求也沒那麼嚴峻的強生

(J&J)疫苗,讓人非常高興。包括第一,第二劑疫苗在內,麻州這星期將共收到316000劑疫苗。聯邦政府自行配送給聯邦零售藥店項目,或是符合聯邦資格醫療中心的疫苗劑量,並不包括在內。

             麻州收到的疫苗中,有101890劑將分發給大型疫苗站,99,230劑將分發給非聯邦疾病防治中心的醫療系統及醫療護理供應商,27,450劑將分發給社區醫療中心,59,580劑將非發給區域性合作夥機構(40,370),以及地方健康局(19,210),零售藥店(CVS)8490。另有19,180劑將分發給支援長照機構或集體治療場所可負擔/低收入耆英住宅大樓等的流動門診。

            收到疫苗的醫護機構有10天期限來使用這些疫苗。

            查理貝克和Marylou Sudders還宣佈,將撥發2740萬元聯邦補助款,用於執行「疫苗平等計畫」,並在受新冠病毒影響最嚴重的20個社區中,宣導推廣注射疫苗的安全性,鼓勵符合接種疫苗資格者,辦理登記,及時注射疫苗。

             查詢疫苗注射資訊可上網mass.gov/COVIDVaccine


Baker-Polito Administration Announces Vaccine Timeline for All Residents, Provides Weekly Dose Updates & $24.7 Million in Federal Funding for Vaccine Equity Initiative

BOSTON – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the timeline for all remaining residents to be eligible for a vaccine.

The Administration also announced the weekly distribution of vaccine doses statewide for providers and a new $24.7 million investment in the Administration’s Vaccine Equity Initiative.

Vaccine Eligibility Timeline

Governor Baker today announced the dates that all remaining residents and certain worker groups will be eligible for a vaccine.

The Commonwealth’s detailed timeline adheres to the original timeline for the three phases announced in December.

All residents can preregister to book an appointment at a mass vaccination site at mass.gov/COVIDVaccine.

Appointments will be offered based on eligibility and available appointments nearby. It is expected that more sites will come online as part of the preregistration process in April.

Timeline for remaining groups:

  • April 19th: General public ages 16 years of age and older

The full timeline is available at mass.gov/COVIDVaccinePhases.

The Administration has received assurances from the federal government that an increased vaccine supply will be available to states soon.

Depending on supply, it could take weeks for people to be notified that an appointment is available at a mass vaccination site.

Dose Update

The Administration provided the weekly update for doses allocated from the federal government.

This week, the state is receiving a modest increase in supply of first doses, approximately 170,000. This includes an unexpected 8,000 doses of J&J vaccine.

In total, the Commonwealth will receive 316,000 first and second doses as part of the state allocation. These figures do not include doses provided through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program or to Federally Qualified Health Centers.

This week, first doses and second dose state allocations (total doses), were distributed among providers as follows:

  • Mass vaccination locations: 101,890
  • Health systems and health care providers (excluding CHCs): 99,230
  • Community Health Centers: 27,450
  • Regional Collaboratives and Local Boards of Health: 59,580
    • Regional Collaboratives: 40,370
    • Local Boards of Health: 19,210
  • Retail pharmacies (non-CVS)
    • State allocation: 8,490
  • Mobile Clinics supporting long-term care facilities, congregate care, affordable/low-income senior housing and homebound individuals: 19,180

Weekly allocations are subject to change based on federal availability, demand from providers, and obligations to meet second doses. Providers have 10 days to use their doses and must meet specific performance thresholds.

Federal Doses:

In addition to the state allocation, the federal government distributes vaccines to CVS Health sites as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Partnership as well as to certain Massachusetts federally qualified community health centers. These quantities fluctuate on a weekly basis and are not counted as part of the state’s weekly allocation.

This week, 106,440 first and second doses have been allocated to the retail pharmacy program and 9,500 doses have been allocated to the federally qualified health centers.

Individuals looking to book appointments across any of these providers should visit mass.gov/COVIDvaccine to learn more.

Vaccine Equity Initiative

The Administration also announced the release of $27.4 million in federal funds to increase trust, vaccine acceptance and administration rates as part of the Administration’s Vaccine Equity Initiative and to meet the needs of priority populations. Recognizing equity as a critical component of the state’s vaccine distribution plan, the Department of Public Health (DPH) is working closely with 20 hardest hit communities in Massachusetts as they identify their specific community needs, further building on existing support.

These federal funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) build upon current and past efforts supporting vaccination in these communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and includes partnerships with municipalities, local boards of health, community- and faith-based organizations, community health centers and others to reduce barriers to vaccination. These funds also will provide direct vaccine administration to populations that are not effectively reached through existing vaccine supply channels.

These federal funds include: 

  • $10.6 million to provide direct assistance with vaccine access, including appointment registration assistance, transportation to vaccination clinics, mobility assistance, medical interpretation, and other supports. These services will be delivered through contracted community-based organizations (CBOs), community health centers (CHCs), and behavioral health providers.
  • $5.1 million to invest in community health centers through the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers to expand vaccination capacity at community health centers, including Community Health Worker Ambassadors.
  • $4.7 million to support municipalities and local boards of health through direct funding of the 20 equity municipalities for coordination and support for vaccine clinics and acceptance.
  • $4 million to help tailor community outreach and education through direct funding of local community-based and faith-based organizations in the 20 equity municipalities.
  • $3 million for direct vaccine administration in community settings by funding qualified organizations to directly administer vaccination to groups not effectively reached by other mechanisms.

These activities will build on DPH-supported initiatives already in progress, such as outreach and collaboration with community and faith-based organizations, increased connections and investment in Community Health Centers, and grassroots neighborhood outreach by teams of trained staff and residents led by Archipelago Strategies Group (ASG), a minority-owned business, and Health Care For All (HCFA).

Other activities already underway include the DPH COVID-19 Vaccine Ambassador Program, which has assisted with dozens of local meetings to answer questions about vaccine, wide dissemination and amplification of the state’s “Trust the Facts. Get the Vax.” multilingual public awareness campaign, and the DPH Community Liaisons who are meeting weekly with representatives from the communities to identify and lift barriers to vaccine access and support community-based solutions.

The Administration’s Vaccine Equity Initiative focuses on 20 cities and towns with the greatest COVID-19 case burden, taking into account social determinants of health and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). These communities are Boston, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Framingham, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, New Bedford, Randolph, Revere, Springfield, and Worcester.

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