Massachusetts predicted to hit milestone in COVID-19 vaccine roll out

BOSTON (WLNE) – The Bay State is expecting to reach a big milestone this week in the state’s coronavirus vaccine roll out.

Massachusetts health officials are predicting that two million residents will be fully vaccinated by Friday.

And just like Rhode Island, next week Massachusetts will be opening up vaccine eligibility to anyone 16 and older.

“The vaccine saves lives,” Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday. “If there is any doubt in anyone’s mind about that they should take a look at the success that vaccinating older Americans has had on older American case counts and older American hospitalizations.”

So far, 5.2 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been shipped to Massachusetts. With 86% of those doses have been administered.

On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Department of Health announced on social media they will be pausing their administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to follow new federal guidance.

It’s unclear if this will have any impact on the prediction state officials gave on Monday.

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