CVS and Walgreens locations in Bristol County to begin distributing Covid vaccines
FALL RIVER, M.A. (WLNE) — A few pharmacies in the Fall River area have been given the green-light by the state to begin administering doses of a coronavirus vaccine to eligible residents.
Starting in February, the CVS location on President Avenue in Fall River along with the Walgreens pharmacies on Plymouth Avenue in Fall River and on Buffinton Street in Somerset will receive roughly 1,000 doses of a vaccine weekly from the state.
Eligible residents can sign up online to make an appointment for vaccination at one of the sites.
The pharmacies are just 3 of 15 in the Bay State that will be receiving vaccines for distribution as part of a federal partnership.
“We were very, very fortunate to be in that first wave of pharmacies,” Fall River Mayor, Paul Coogan, told ABC 6.
But the mayor still has his concerns about the delays on vaccine distribution nation-wide.
“I was talking to the Department of Health the other day and asked how many vaccines [the city] has left?” Coogan explained. “She told me we had 150,” he continued, “I said, ‘We need 5000.'”
Coogan said roughly 60% of Fall River’s first responders have already received their first vaccine dose or are signed up to get it.
However, the mayor said he’s also troubled by the decreasing number of Covid-19 tests taken by his city’s residents.
In the upcoming weeks, the state is expected to add 40 more pharmacies to the list of locations that will receive vaccine doses. Included are pharmacies located inside of Stop & Shop and Big Y stores.
“I am very confident this will continue to build and hopefully by the end of February we will have a handle on this,” Coogan said.
Massachusetts is also set to open its second mass-vaccination site at Fenway Park in February.