Gov. Baker said today Massachusetts had been expecting 59,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine next week but that the feds are now telling the state it will only get 42,900.
Health and Human Services Secretary Mary Lou Sudders said the state now expects to receive 145,000 Pfizer does by year end, down from the 160,000 it had expected. Baker said the state will be helped with the apparently imminent rollout of a second vaccine, by Cambridge's Moderna.
Still, Baker said he expects the delay will just mean "slight delays" in overall vaccinations, although he acknowledged that "we're certainly frustrated" and have yet to get an answer from the feds on why this has happened. Still, he said he expected "bumpiness" with such a large program as the vaccine rollout.
Baker said elderly patients and staffers at long-term care facilities will begin getting vaccinated on Dec. 28.
He added that this morning, a custodial worker at the Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain became the first non-medical or nursing worker to get a shot. State officials have said they want custodians and dietary workers who come into contact with Covid-19 patients to be included in the first round of vaccinations.
Some 6,200 people have been vaccinated so far, he said.
Baker added he won't be one of those politicians getting a shot to show how wonderful it is.
"There are plenty of people who could do vaccinations who would be a lot more important than me," such as doctors and other health-care professionals, whom the public would take more seriously and appreciate.