Gov. Baker Orders State's First Batch Of COVID-19 Vaccines From CDC

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Baker Administration submitted the Commonwealth’s first vaccine order to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.

Gov. Baker's office said the federal government has allocated Massachusetts 59,475 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for the first shipment. Those doses are part of 300,000 doses that the CDC is expected to send to Massachusetts by the end of December, which will be for the first dose of a two-dose regimen.

"Anticipating that the federal government will soon issue emergency use authorizations for additional vaccines, the Administration has been working with the COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group to prepare for a safe, equitable and efficient distribution that is based on guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," Baker's office said Friday. "The Commonwealth has actively been working on preparedness and planning for a COVID-19 vaccine since early August."

Over the past decade, Baker's office said the Commonwealth has invested in the state-of-the-art Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS), which serves as the state’s vaccine registry, ordering system, and inventory system.

"DPH has enhanced MIIS to prepare to administer the COVID-19 vaccine," the Administration said. "Next week, the Administration will roll out further information on vaccination prioritization."

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