Mayor's Vaccination Update

Published by Chris Wangler- February 5, 2021.

A message from Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy:
Currently, the state allows the city’s Health Department to submit a request for 100 vaccines per week. The Health Department has done that, but no new vaccines have been received to date. (Previously, the city’s Health Department received vaccines to vaccinate the city’s public safety personnel and that is complete). The federal government is in charge of providing the allocation of vaccines to the states. The states are then in charge of providing vaccines to the cities and towns.
Through the federal pharmacy program, congregate care facilities and senior housing (age 75 and over) in the City of Waltham continue to be vaccinated. Other senior housing sites in the city are waiting approval from the state to become authorized vaccination sites or are working through the federal and/or state pharmacy programs. The Hannaford Pharmacy chain in Waltham, working through the state’s pharmacy program and assisted by Waltham Senior Center staff for scheduling appointments, has a program for vaccinating Waltham seniors 75 and over.
AFC Urgent Care in Waltham and the city early on had a relationship for drive-thru COVID-19 testing. Recently, AFC contacted me again with a joint proposal for drive-thru vaccinations for seniors age 75 and over. One has occurred on February 4 and the second one is scheduled for February 6, which will complete 200 vaccinations. Future dates will be announced dependent upon weather and vaccine availability.
We continue to follow the state’s eligibility criteria for vaccinations (phasing). There have been no new announcements authorizing any new groups to be vaccinated.
I want to thank the vendors (for the actual vaccinations), the Senior Center Staff (for fielding calls, scheduling appointments, processing the necessary paperwork) and the City of Waltham Health Department for their commitment to the seniors and their diligent work. Daily my office receives calls for information regarding vaccines. Each name and contact information are compiled for future vaccine processing.
Jeannette A. McCarthy
2020 file photo