Mass. Residents 60 And Older Now Eligible To Get COVID-19 Vaccine


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts residents 60 years old or older became eligible Monday to get a coronavirus vaccine.

Also on Monday, workers in certain sectors became eligible. This includes transit, grocery, utility, food and agriculture, sanitation, public works and public health workers.

Starting on April 5, people 55 years old or older and people with one certain medical condition will be eligible to get a vaccine.

On April 19, anyone who is 16 years old or older will become eligible. Residents can find out how to preregister for vaccine here.

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This comes as the state enters Phase 4, Step 1 of its reopening plan. This means stadiums, arenas, and ballparks can open at a strict 12% capacity.

Gathering limits at event venues and in public settings have also been increased to 100 people indoors and 150 people outdoors. However, gatherings at private residences will remain at 25 people outdoors and 10 people indoors.

Dance floors are now allowed at weddings and other events. Overnight summer camps are allowed to operate this summer. Exhibition and conventions halls are also allowed to reopen.

The state’s travel order was replaced with a travel advisory on Monday. This means anyone entering Massachusetts are advised, instead of required, to quarantine for 10 days.

The advisory does not apply to anyone who has been out of the state for less than 24 hours, those who have tested negative for COVID-19 up to 72 hours being entering the state, workers who perform critical infrastructure functions, and travelers who are fully vaccinated.

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