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Old 02-23-2021, 05:36 AM
 
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MA is doing good now but catching states that didn't deliberately go slow in the beginning is going to be hard.
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Old 02-23-2021, 05:40 AM
 
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Are we sure MA doing well? Seems like lots of eligible residents have spent the better part of a week clicking refresh to no avail.
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Old 02-23-2021, 05:49 AM
 
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Are we sure MA doing well? Seems like lots of eligible residents have spent the better part of a week clicking refresh to no avail.
In terms of productivity, getting shots in people. 65+ is a pretty big potential pool out there plus the cheaters. You're not going to do 800k in a week and they aren't scheduling that far out.
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Old 02-23-2021, 05:56 AM
 
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NPR tracker is useful - can sort by different metrics.

MA is doing pretty well.



https://www.npr.org/sections/health-...-in-your-state
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Old 02-23-2021, 06:12 AM
 
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My first hand experience doesn't necessarily jibe with the stats. The reality is that lots of older people pulling their hair out trying to schedule in this state while 55+ with no co-morbidities will be able to book in CT in 6 days.

As of March 1st community health centers in MA will no longer be able to schedule appointments for first shots. This puts people in western MA at a real disadvantage getting to the Mass vaccination sites.

I've spent a lot of time helping to schedule older friends, relatives and neighbors for vaccinations. Those in NY, CT, FL, TX we got taken care of pretty easily compared to MA. Within the state, eastern MA has been easier than WMA. I'm beginning to see what people in that part of the state have been complaining about all these years.
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Old 02-23-2021, 06:46 AM
 
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My first hand experience doesn't necessarily jibe with the stats. The reality is that lots of older people pulling their hair out trying to schedule in this state while 55+ with no co-morbidities will be able to book in CT in 6 days.
Not everyone getting a shot this week is 65+.
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Old 02-23-2021, 08:14 AM
 
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It is tough to compare how difficult it is for individual categories such as age or profession to get a vaccine when each state has its own prioritization. As to the difficulty this past week, 1 million plua people trying to sign up for 1/10th that many spots will make it difficult for the majority of newly eligible people.

Apparently they're working to make the state vax site reserve a slot when you click like ticketmaster does. That should help with the frustration people are having.
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Old 02-23-2021, 09:18 AM
 
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My first hand experience doesn't necessarily jibe with the stats. The reality is that lots of older people pulling their hair out trying to schedule in this state while 55+ with no co-morbidities will be able to book in CT in 6 days.

As of March 1st community health centers in MA will no longer be able to schedule appointments for first shots. This puts people in western MA at a real disadvantage getting to the Mass vaccination sites.

I've spent a lot of time helping to schedule older friends, relatives and neighbors for vaccinations. Those in NY, CT, FL, TX we got taken care of pretty easily compared to MA. Within the state, eastern MA has been easier than WMA. I'm beginning to see what people in that part of the state have been complaining about all these years.
Yes, WMass, largely ignored as usual. My friends in Easthampton got a call from their senior center a few weeks ago and got their first vaccination though. I read that Northampton set up their own site somehow and were doing well. Also read that Springfield has a large site. But haven't heard anything about the rest of WMass. Like, are 85 year olds who live in the Greenfield area really going to drive down to Springfield and navigate to find the location somewhere in Springfield? Where do people in the suburbs go? and the small towns? It's like setting up that field somewhere in Boston and expecting older people from, say, Rockport to drive down and get their shots. They need to set up places in local hospitals and at the pharmacies right in the towns.
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Old 02-23-2021, 09:31 AM
 
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There is a site in Greenfield so they'd be able to head there. Rockport has Danvers or Salem State which is around 30min. People who are truly homebound or completely alone are in a very sad and unfortunate position. For the vast majority of people there are resources within a reasonable distance.

The problem right now is how many people are eligible vs how much vaccine is available.
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Old 02-23-2021, 09:34 AM
 
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Are we sure MA doing well? Seems like lots of eligible residents have spent the better part of a week clicking refresh to no avail.
It is awful. Not just lack of vaccines but the while distribution plan and registration process is hell.
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