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Shot in the arm for Hynes vaccination site: Thousands more daily doses

Operators of the Hynes Convention Center vaccination site say they'll be boosting the number of daily Covid-19 shots they provide from 1,000 to 7,000, thanks to additional vials from FEMA and the state.

The new vials will also come with extra staff to help eligible residents get their shots. In a statement, CIC Health says:

There will be no disruption to the appointment scheduling process with this expansion, and those interested in booking an appointment at the site should continue to pre-register at vaccinesignup.mass.gov.

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That was what was being given out at Fenway, and then the Fenway operation got shifted to the Hynes.

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I received my first shot at the Hynes on Monday, 3.22.20 and it was the Pfizer version. I was very impressed with their organization and efficiency. I was in and out in 20 minutes. No after effects except for a slightly sore arm.

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It's Pfizer. (Source: my sore arm.)

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Because it requires the most extreme cold storage and special handling, it makes sense to use it in big, centralized locations and send the others to places that don't have the ability to provide that.

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1170 doses minimum shipment.

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How doses are being allocated between the different mass vax sites? Is it roughly proportional to the number of eligible preregistered people who have been geographically assigned to each site based on their home address?

I’m hoping that an increase at the Hynes site doesn’t mean a decrease at Reggie Lewis. Yes, they’re both Boston sites, but people can’t choose one versus the other under the preregistration system.

Yesterday’s weekly state vaccination update said there were 109,750 doses sent to all mass vax sites combined. For Hynes to do 7,000/day x 7 days/week = 45% of all doses, which seems really disproportionate for a site serving half of Boston, unless the 7,000/day is also dependent on a huge increase of supply from the feds.

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Hynes is switching over to the "federal Community Vaccination Center program" and is getting extra doses as a result starting March 31st.

Also from SHNS:

"Under the program, officials will also deploy "mobile units" in Chelsea, Revere and Boston to administer some of the federal doses. Baker's office said it would provide additional details on that effort 'soon.'"

Separately, the feds have said that by Mid-May there will be so much supply as to not have a shortage or delay anywhere.

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Both of which vary week to week.

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Thank you, Adam, for the update.

So far, it's been impossible for me to find any slots anywhere, even when using all of the different websites to look for an opening. I got up at midnight, 2 a.m., and 5 a.m. several times this week to search for the vaccine. Nothing anywhere was available.

Let's hope those of us with slower Internet connections can finally get a break.

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If not, give it a try: https://vaccinesignup.mass.gov/#/

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Appreciate the suggestion, though!

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I didn't know about this. Excellent. Signing up for this right now. Appreciate it!

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I had CVS, Walgreens, Wegmans, and Stop and Shop open on my phone and computer so I could search on breaks, watching TV, etc. Discovered GoodRx does that for you based on your zip code too late (have had first shot at Walgreens) but useful to know for those who haven't gotten a spot. Just need to sign up for an acct and they search all the available sites for you - then gives you link to the site to sign up (CVS, Walgreens, etc.). I got mine by random having dinner for the next day - people reserve spots and try to get better - they cancel the later ones randomly so there's one or two spots opening ramdomly as well as when doses are delivered (you're competing with thousands for those spots though).

https://www.goodrx.com/covid-19/vaccine

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ever said how they pull from the list (other than closest location)?

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...was Foxboro- definitely not the closest -and I had to pass because 1) I don’t drive & 2) there is no T service. For future reference, the state might like to add a location preference to the pre-registration as well as the simple question, “Do you drive or have access to a ride.” Right now, the site works on the assumption that a car is a given

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This is a huge problem. It appears only two sites have easy T access for anyone in the Boston area. I want to say I don't know how this got overlooked but...I am really not surprised. Anyone we can contact to call attention to this problem who might actually care?

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Not only is it served well by transit, they are greatly increasing the number of vaccinators as the supply ramps up when they move the facility.

I deliberately booked a slot a ways away at a fairly car-dependent location because I know many people who are not able to drive.

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...and I suspect my next offer will be from there once they ramp up on Monday. From what I’ve read, the first 6,000 doses from FEMA arrive on that day. Combined with the state’s allotment of 1,000, this will bring the Hynes up to 7,000 doses a day, though some of those will be used to supply new mobile units. FEMA will continue sending 6,000 doses daily for 8 weeks.

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