Some Mass. Residents 75 And Older Frustrated With COVID-19 Registration

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Some Massachusetts residents who are 75 and over are experiencing issues with registering to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

Those who wanted to be the first in line to schedule their appointment stayed up late Tuesday night to get their time slot.

Sign-ups began at the start of Wednesday and many are frustrated with the long wait times and the lack of availability.

A listener of WBZ NewsRadio 1030, Rosemarie Lusty, said she stayed up until about 1:30 a.m. and “filled out the form time and time again [to receive her vaccine] at Gillette Stadium” and was never able to find an available appointment.

She tried again later that morning and still faced the same issues.

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Lusty continued by stating that she believes the sign-up process is complicated for seniors who are not tech-savvy.

She said the Massachusetts vaccination form “ask[s] you to upload the Medicare front and backside” through the laptop.

On Wednesday morning, the Baker administration issued a statement about the issues:

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. The Vaccine Map has multiple provider types (i.e., mass vaccination, pharmacies, local vaccination sites) and appointments will go live on a rolling basis over the course of the day.

As vaccinations ramp up, the order for Phase 2 vaccinations is: Individuals 75+, individuals 65+ or with 2+ comorbidities, early education and K-12 workers, transit, utility, food and agriculture, sanitation, public works, and public health workers, and individuals with one comorbidity.

WBZ NewRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports.

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Written by Edyn Jensen

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