Hospitals to resume vaccinations Monday

Baker administration cut them off on Feb. 11

HOSPITAL SYSTEMS are alerting their patients that they will resume COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday, less than three weeks after they were cut off by the Baker administration.

Massachusetts General Brigham and Beth Israel Lahey notified patients Wednesday morning that they will be able to resume “limited appointments” for vaccinations on Monday. Spokespersons for the two health systems said they haven’t been told how many vaccines they will receive.

The Baker administration couldn’t be reached for comment immediately.

The resumption of vaccinations at hospitals is another twist in the rollout process. Hospitals led the way initially, in part because many of their employees were the first to receive the shots. The Baker administration on February 11 dropped hospitals from the distribution network along with a number of other providers in order to focus more and more attention on high-volume mass vaccination sites.

That move away from hospital systems is now being reversed, at least somewhat. Hospital systems have heralded their distribution networks as a convenient way to reach those eligible for the shots. The hospitals can identify who among their patients is eligible and make it convenient for them to book an appointment without having to navigate a series of websites.