BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Speaking from a vaccination site in Pittsfield, Gov. Charlie Baker said on Thursday that everyone who wanted a COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts would be able to get one by late June.
The governor said the state has the capacity to double or even triple its current daily vaccine output, given enough supply. Gov. Baker said he told the federal government that if there are other states turning away doses due to low demand, Massachusetts would be "perfectly happy," to take them.
As of Thursday evening, the state is third in the nation by percentage of the population with at least one vaccine dose, with 50.7%, tied with Maine and beaten only by fellow New England states Connecticut and New Hampshire.
The state also ranked at the top of the nation in terms of least vaccine-hesitancy in recent federal data, a fact that Gov. Baker noted in his press conference.
"Massachusetts has the lowest vaccine hesitancy rate in the nation...People in Massachusetts are eager to get vaccinated," he said, also noting that the country was second in the country for COVID-19 testing per capita.
WBZ's Madison Rodgers (@madisonwbz) reports: