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Bookings open today for those 75 and older for COVID-19 vaccination appointments – WCVB Boston

Seniors 75 and older can now start making appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.Bookings open Wednesday at individual providers accessible through a map maintained by the Department of Public Health, which displays vaccination sites, color-coded for whom they serve. After choosing a location, you will be directed to a site where you can make an appointment. Info: Where to get COVID-19 vaccine | Vaccine FAQs When you go to your appointment, you must show an ID to prove your age. After you get your shot, make sure you get your vaccination card as proof. That will help when you go to get your second dose.”Due to extremely high demand for appointments and limited vaccine supply, it may take time to secure an available appointment. Residents are encouraged to keep checking the website as appointments are added on a rolling basis,” Gov. Charlie Baker’s office said.Although nearly a half-million people are now eligible to book an appointment, a senior advocacy group says a key part of the plan is still missing – a phone number.“At this moment, there is not certainty about whether there’s going to be a hotline at all,” said Mike Festa, the head of the Massachusetts chapter of the AARP. Vermont and New Hampshire, which both began vaccinating seniors this week, are letting them sign up either online or by phone, and each state has hired hundreds of people to answer appointment calls. Massachusetts has more than 476,000 75-plus seniors — more than all the hospital workers, group home residents and first responders vaccinated so far. Meanwhile, moving seniors up on the priority list means moving down essential workers, such as teachers.The head of the state’s largest teacher’s union says that’s not fair.“If the governor wants more in-person learning, then he has to get us vaccinated sooner,” said the Massachusetts Teachers Association’s Merrie Najimy.WCVB reached out to the governor’s office for comment about the idea of a vaccination appointment hotline but did not hear back.

Seniors 75 and older can now start making appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

Bookings open Wednesday at individual providers accessible through a map maintained by the Department of Public Health, which displays vaccination sites, color-coded for whom they serve. After choosing a location, you will be directed to a site where you can make an appointment.

Info: Where to get COVID-19 vaccine | Vaccine FAQs

When you go to your appointment, you must show an ID to prove your age. After you get your shot, make sure you get your vaccination card as proof. That will help when you go to get your second dose.

“Due to extremely high demand for appointments and limited vaccine supply, it may take time to secure an available appointment. Residents are encouraged to keep checking the website as appointments are added on a rolling basis,” Gov. Charlie Baker’s office said.

Although nearly a half-million people are now eligible to book an appointment, a senior advocacy group says a key part of the plan is still missing – a phone number.

“At this moment, there is not certainty about whether there’s going to be a hotline at all,” said Mike Festa, the head of the Massachusetts chapter of the AARP.

Vermont and New Hampshire, which both began vaccinating seniors this week, are letting them sign up either online or by phone, and each state has hired hundreds of people to answer appointment calls.

Massachusetts has more than 476,000 75-plus seniors — more than all the hospital workers, group home residents and first responders vaccinated so far.

Meanwhile, moving seniors up on the priority list means moving down essential workers, such as teachers.

The head of the state’s largest teacher’s union says that’s not fair.

“If the governor wants more in-person learning, then he has to get us vaccinated sooner,” said the Massachusetts Teachers Association’s Merrie Najimy.

WCVB reached out to the governor’s office for comment about the idea of a vaccination appointment hotline but did not hear back.

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