CAPE COD, Mass. (State House News Service) — Describing himself as "pretty enraged," Cape Cod Democrat Sen. Julian Cyr lambasted the Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's vaccine distribution effort on Thursday, arguing the plan continues to leave the region and its significant senior population unable to access the potentially life-saving inoculation.
Cyr told reporters that pleas from the Cape delegation for a mass vaccination site or additional doses have gone unanswered, even though Barnstable County has the largest percentage of population over 75 among the state's 14 counties.
This week, 1,300 appointments available for vaccines on the Cape filled up in 29 minutes, Cyr said. He contrasted that with the Baker administration previously flagging thousands of slots still open at its Gillette Stadium mass vaccination site.
"To me, that indicates that where the vaccines are being made available is actually not accessible to the people who need them," Cyr, a Truro Democrat, said.
"Cape Codders are being left out of this vaccination," he later added. "I don't know why, and I don't know what else to do other than air these frustrations because our pleas for help are not being answered."
Baker, who has defended his administration as working within significant vaccine supply constraints, on Wednesday announced the state would stand up additional mass vaccination sites in Natick and Dartmouth.
By Chris Lisinski, State House News Service