Baker expecting vaccines for 150,000 people this month
Governor declines to say who will be first in line
GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said he expects the state to receive 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of the month, enough to treat 150,000 people since the initial treatments require two doses per person.
Baker declined to say who will receive priority for the initial doses. A federal advisory panel earlier this week recommended health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities should be first in line; Baker would only say that both those groups would be at the top of the state’s list. The governor is scheduled to file a vaccine distribution plan with the federal government on Friday.
Eric Dickson, the president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care, which will oversee the field hospital in Lowell, said it will open initially with 25 beds and then expand to 50 in its second week. He and state officials are recruiting staff to expand capacity. In the spring, the field hospital operated out of the DCU Center used 125 of its 200 beds.