New Vaccine Appointments Quickly Sharpened in Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) – A limited number of new coronavirus vaccination appointments made available to Massachusetts residents Thursday were quickly discontinued, leading the state to blame federal authorities for the limited supply.

Only about 12,000 vaccine slots were opened Thursday morning, up from 50,000 last week.

There were no new first-dose appointments available at various mass vaccination sites Thursday, according to a tweet from the state’s official account at around 7 a.m.

New appointments at Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium and the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston were unavailable due in part to “a large number of pre-scheduled second dose appointments.”

Instead, eligible residents were advised to search for appointments on one of the state’s other mass vaccination sites, but at 11 a.m., the state tweeted that all appointments on those sites had been booked.

Governor Charlie Baker has repeatedly said that eligible residents can take weeks to make appointments because the demand far outstrips the supply of vaccines.

Also Thursday, the first doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine were administered in the state. The new single-dose vaccine received emergency federal clearance last weekend.

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