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COVID-19 booster shots are available, but appointments are limited, although appointments are limited

COVID-19 booster shots are available, but appointments are limited, although appointments are limited

With the holidays in full force, Massachusetts residents are searching for COVID-19 vaccination boosters in new forms, making it difficult to locate.

Rest assured, booster shots are scarce. Governor Charlie Baker defended the state's booster rollout on Monday, adding that officials will look to increase the number of appointments as tens of thousands of individuals receive additional doses each day.

Baker stated on GBH's Boston Public Radio, "We're focusing around 55,000 boosters and first and second shots a day, OK?" at his peak, Baker said, "We're going to continue to see if we can expand capacity."

According to Baker, about 1 million people have received booster shots in the state so far, according to state statistics, 1,056,088 booster doses had been administered as of last Friday.

However, meeting timetable is not easy.

The holiday season is driving demand, said Greg Wilmot, interim president and CEO of the AK. "Folks want to finish their vaccination series to get together safely and enjoy any gatherings."

Many of the 1,000 locations throughout the Commonwealth that distribute additional shots have little to no availability in the next weeks.

The online scheduling portals for and frequently contain an unfortunate warning: no time slots are available. (CVS advised that select stores cannot book more than four appointments an hour.) In an e-mail, a Walgreens representative stated that chain has seen an increase in appointments as well.

Wilmot stated that the clinic's increasing booster demand has left the facility with no open places until next week. The center has provided 150 booster shots every day and has given 3,000 additional doses since September.

He said that once they're open, they're gone, they'll be unopen.

There were tons of open booster appointments two weeks ago, Baker stated, but demand has increased for the shots after state and federal officials opted to increase eligibility for all adults. Massachusetts preempted the federal government's expansion, a decision Baker said was made after waiting for them to go there and eventually just said screw it and did it.

We're going to talk to our folks about whether we can come up with additional [appointments] when I go look at Vax Finder at, but given the fact that we have far more demand now than we had a couple of weeks ago, we'll see whether we can increase our capacity to do more, Baker said. We're going to see if we can increase our capacity to do more, he added.

Cathy Cahill, a Watertown resident, hoped to get the jab ahead of her family Thanksgiving in Chelsea and a December visit to her parents' Florida home on a morning hunt last Tuesday. I was like, oh my god, I can't find anything, she added. I was like, oh my god, I cant find anything.

Cahill eventually landed a Nov. 27 slot at the Waltham Costco.

She added, "It's just a matter of patience," as she said.

The cause of the incident may be owing to the absence of mass inoculation sites. When COVID-19 vaccinations opened to the public last spring, a large number of residents shot at Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, the Natick Mall, and other major sites. (Today, there are, in Springfield, Lowell, Danvers, and Brockton, each with hundreds of available appointments.)

Still, Wilmot stated, "the difference between now and when the vaccinations became available in the spring is that pharmacies had not yet grown up their capacity to give the doses." So it's like comparing apples to oranges."

The need for children's shots may have a handicap on the Availability of the Pfizer booster. under an emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. The Moderna and J&J shots have not been cleared for that age group.

However, Wilmot said that the actual amount of vaccination that goes into the kids' shot is less than it is for adults.

Walk-in booster appointments are available in a few Massachusetts locations, such as the and.

Residents may book their booster dose and filter by vaccination type on the website, such as Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson & Johnson.

Last week, US regulators opened booster shots to all adults, aimed to prevent a winter surge. On Nov. 18, Massachusetts will receive the extra jab, six months after their second Pfizer or Moderna vaccination, or two months after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the widespread adoption of boosters coincides with a study in New England. In Massachusetts,,, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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