Category Archives: COVID-19

MMA on State’s Steps

 
Breaking News from the MMA  

Mass. to return to Step 2 of Phase 3 Monday, advance to Phase 4 on March 22

The Baker-Polito administration announced today that Massachusetts will return to Step 2 of Phase 3 of the state’s four-phase reopening plan on Monday, March 1, and will transition to Step 1 of Phase 4 three weeks later, on March 22.

Gov. Charlie Baker said the steps to further reopen the Commonwealth’s economy were being taken because public health metrics continue to trend in a positive direction, including drops in average daily COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, while vaccination rates continue to increase.

The administration released its reopening plan on May 18, 2020, conditioning any progress on sustained improvements in public health data. The state had advanced to Step 2 of Phase 3 last October, but returned to the previous step on Dec. 13 in response to an increase in new COVID infections and hospitalizations following the Thanksgiving holiday. The step back reduced capacities across a broad range of sectors and tightened several other workplace restrictions. …

CVS today had vaccine appointments

CVS in Medfield did have available vaccine appointments earlier today.

Vaccinations – on-line improvements

From new on-line vaccine help from MASSterList.com –


State unveils new and improved website: Vaxfinder.mass.gov
 
Gov. Charlie Baker has obviously concluded the state’s original vaccination website wasn’t as easy to use as he once touted. GBH’s Mike Deehan reports that state has rolled out a new and (hopefully) improved vaccination-search website – Vaxfinder.mass.gov.Meanwhile, the Globe’s John Hilliard reports that the state’s COVID-19 call center has expanded to weekends.GBH

Hurray Olivia Adams!

Article from PATCH about a software engineer on maternity leave creating the website the state had not – this is what we have all been looking for. This is from Olivia Adams’ site just now:

Gillette Stadium Foxborough

02/07/2021: 2 slots

02/08/2021: 385 slots

02/09/2021: 398 slots

02/10/2021: 43 slots

02/11/2021: 1546 slots

02/12/2021: 2048 slots

02/13/2021: 1618 slots

02/14/2021: 2092 slots

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Website Showing Open Vaccine Slots In MA Created By Arlington Mom

Olivia Adams, a software engineer on maternity leave, created the site after seeing people struggle to find appointments.

Neal McNamara's profile pictureNeal McNamara, Patch StaffVerified Patch Staff BadgePosted Sat, Feb 6, 2021 at 9:50 am ET|Updated Sat, Feb 6, 2021 at 3:14 pm ET

A man receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at the Fenway Park mass vaccination site on Jan. 29.
A man receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at the Fenway Park mass vaccination site on Jan. 29. (Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, MA — An Arlington woman on maternity leave from her job as a software engineer has done what state officials have so far struggled to do: create an easy way for people to find COVID-19 vaccine appointments open in the state.https://c2de1177f417335b1d733f04ddf620ed.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Olivia Adams launched the site macovidvaccines.com this week. It features a list of vaccination sites around the state, and for each one a list of dates and the number of open slots. For example, the site showed 1,764 slots open on Feb. 12 at the Eastfield Mall in Springfield on Saturday morning.

Adams, who works for Athenahealth, has included vaccination sites from the state’s main vaccination map, as well as private sites run by pharmacies and other medical facilities. So far, she’s working alone, but is seeking help and donations to keep the project going.

The site was born out of the state’s rocky vaccine rollout. People over age 75 became eligible for the vaccine on Feb. 1, with more groups set to be eligible in the coming weeks.

“In January, during my maternity leave, I started working on creating [the website],” she wrote on a GoFundMe page. “My mother-in-law was having trouble booking an appointment for her vaccine, and then had the same trouble when she was trying to get her father vaccinated. I kept hearing the same frustrations over and over — from family, from friends, and on the news. The sign-up process was too confusing, too disjointed.” . . .

Vaccines – call 2-1-1 for Mass. Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line

More detailed assistance this afternoon from Representative Denise Garlick –

Dear Friends and Neighbors,  

I have heard from many members of the Needham, Dover, and Medfield community on the challenges they are facing when registering for the COVID-19 vaccine. I share your anxiety, frustration, and anger with the present system because, as we know, there are many things the Commonwealth can and should do to improve the logistics of registering for the vaccine and because of an inadequate federal supply of vaccine, there may also be wait times.  

To address that many individuals do not have access or have difficulty accessing the internet, Massachusetts is launching the Massachusetts Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line. Individuals ages 75 and older may call this line to receive assistance in scheduling an appointment. To reach this line, call 2-1-1 and follow the prompts to reach the Massachusetts Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line.  

To help everyone prepare for when it is their time to register for an appointment, I am sharing information on the process you should follow to schedule an appointment online and resources for residents in each town regarding registering for the vaccine. Right now only individuals in phase one and individuals ages 75 and older are eligible for the vaccine at this time.
To register for the COVID-19 Vaccine online, please follow these steps:

Determine your eligibility by visiting the Massachusetts vaccine webpage and confirm your priority group may now register.

Find a location for you to make an appointment to receive your vaccine. To find a location use the map or search by zip code feature on the vaccine webpage.

Register for an appointment by following the instructions under sign up details at available vaccine locations you are able to travel to. If you are unable to find an appointment, check back regularly as appointments will continue to be added as more doses of the vaccine become available.

Prepare for your appointment by completing the COVID-19 Massachusetts Vaccination Attestation Form and confirming if your vaccination site requires additional documents.  


Local Resources

Needham
Council on Aging: Is providing support with registering for the vaccine to Needham residents 75 years of age or older. Individuals can call (781) 855-3629 or complete this COVID-19 Vaccine Help form to have a staff member call.
Needham Public Health: The Town will now begin offering additional public vaccination appointments. Because of the increase in available appointments, vaccine clinics will open on an ongoing basis as doses are available. Registration is available through this website.
Springwell, Inc: Is available to assist individuals 75 and older with making an appointment for the vaccine. Individuals can call (617) 926-4100 to speak with someone at Springwell.
Trip Advisor Vaccination Site in Needham: Will be open to patients who have a primary care doctor with Mass General Brigham or have seen a Mass General Brigham specialist within the last two years. Providers will be contacting eligible patients directly.  

Medfield
Council on Aging: Is offering support with registering for the vaccine to Medfield residents 75 years of age or older. You can contact the COA by calling (508) 359-3665.HESSCO Elder Services: Is available to assist individuals 75 and older with making an appointment for the vaccine. You can call (781) 784-4944 to speak with someone at HESSCCO.  


Nearby Sites

Mount Ida Campus Vaccination Site in Newton – Is offering appointments for all eligible individuals under the Massachusetts state guidelines. You may schedule an appointment here as they become available.

Former BSC Vaccination Site in Newton – Will be open to patients within the Beth Israel Lahey Health system. Providers will be contacting eligible patients directly.

65 cases over the last 14 days

Medfield’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard has been updated with case and testing data as of 2/4/2021. Medfield remains in the yellow category and has a case count of 65 cases over the last 14 days.

UPDATEView all updates
February 05, 2021 08:23 AM
Medfield’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard has been updated with case and testing data as of 2/4/2021. Medfield remains in the yellow category and has a case count of 65… Read on
Click here to open the dashboard.

Vaccine sites

From Representative Denise Garlick’s The Garlick Press Statewide and Local Updates last night –

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Over the last week I have heard from many members of the Needham, Dover, and Medfield communities about the difficulty of registering for the COVID-19 vaccine. One of the many challenges faced by individuals is the limited availability for locations close to home and concerns over finding transportation for appointments that are further away. I wanted to share with you all that four new sites have been announced in Needham, Medfield, and Newton. Two of the four locations are open to all individuals eligible under state guidelines. More information on these sites will be released in the coming days, and information will be on the Massachusetts Vaccine webpage as it becomes available: https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine

List of Newly Announced COVID-19 Vaccine Sites:

CVS Vaccine Location in Medfield

Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst in Newton

Trip Advisor Vaccine Location in Needham open for Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Mass General Brigham Patients

Former Boston Sports Club Vaccine Location in Newton open for Beth Israel Lahey Patients

Yours in Service,

Denise

Gillette Open for Vaccinations

From: William Carrico <wcarrico@medfield.net>
Date: Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 2:52 PM
Subject: Gillette Open for Vaccinations
To:

Anyone with a family member or if you know someone 75 or older, Gillette is now open for vaccinations. See the link below.
https://www.maimmunizations.org/clinic/search?location=&search_radius=All&q%5Bvenue_search_name_or_venue_name_i_cont%5D=gillette&q%5Bclinic_date_eq%5D=&q%5Bvaccinations_name_i_cont%5D=&commit=Search#search_results

William C. Carrico IIFire Chief/EMDMedfield Fire
112 North StreetMedfield, MA 02052

Vaccines

From today’s Newton Needham Chamber of Commerce newsletter –

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How to know when you’re eligible

Use this tool to determine if you currently qualify for a vaccine and for a map of locations state wide.

The state is now offering two ways to search for a vaccine site near you: By this map or by zip code. You can also download a list here. As of Jan. 29, only 390,000 Massachusetts residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Only one percent of all eligible residents have been fully vaccinated. The Globe has created this tool that illustrates how far we have to go. And to see how those numbers break down by age group, profession, race and ethnicity, and more, check these charts.

Local Rapid Recovery Planning – grant

Assistant Town Administrator, Nick Milano and Town Planner, Sarah Raposa, obtained a technical assistance grant from the Massachusetts Downtown Initiative’s (MDI) Local Rapid Recovery Planning program.

This is the email to Town Administrator Kristine Trierweiler announcing the grant –

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From: Hahn, Elizabeth (OCD)
Date: Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 2:02 PM
Subject: LRRP TA Notification

Dear Local Rapid Recovery Program Applicant- 

Please see the attached letter that officially notifies you that your City or Town will be receiving LRRP technical assistance.  In the coming weeks I will be introducing the Plan Facilitator that will be assigned to your community.  The staff of the LRRP program are looking forward to working with you and your community to strategically address the impacts of COVID-19 on your downtown and commercial areas.  

Best- Emmy Hahn

Emmy Hahn / MDI/LRRP Program Coordinator 

Massachusetts Downtown Initiative (MDI) | Mass.gov 

Department of Housing and Community Development 

100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300, Boston, MA  02114