City Waiting On State, Who Is Waiting On Feds, For Vaccines For Potential February 13 Clinic

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The following is a press release from the City of Framingham.

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FRAMINGHAM – Shortly ago, the City was informed by the State of a new vaccine allotment process and will not know how many vaccines it will receive for the next clinic until after tomorrow’s clinic is complete: This afternoon, February 5, the State’s COVID-19 vaccine program announced that effective today it has changed the algorithm for the vaccine allotment process.

Given this change, it remains uncertain how many vaccines Framingham will receive for the Saturday, Feb. 13, clinic.

On Monday, Feb. 1, the Framingham Health Department requested 300 doses of Moderna vaccine (the maximum allowable request). Based on the State’s new announcement, the City is not eligible to receive more vaccines until tomorrow’s clinic is complete and all vaccine reports have been submitted to the State.

Effective today, vaccine providers, including local health departments, have only 24 hours to submit vaccine clinic reports- reduced from 72 hours. “While we appreciate the efforts to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are used as quickly as possible, this announcement makes it challenging to plan vaccine clinics.

To give residents proper advanced notice and schedule vaccine clinics in an organized and effective way, we need assurances that we will receive vaccine doses,” said Alexandra DePalo, Interim Health Department Director. “Once again, I ask for the community’s patience as we work through an evolving situation.”

The City of Framingham will make an announcement as soon as we have more information about the next vaccine clinic for Framingham residents over 75.

At that time, the City will specify exactly when the registration will be opened online.

Due to high demand and a constrained supply at the State and Federal levels, Framingham’s ability to provide vaccines to residents is limited.

Residents who are currently eligible for the vaccine and can travel should regularly check the State’s website for clinic availability.

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