New policy allows companions, care-givers of seniors to get vaccinated in Massachusetts

FOXBORO, M.A. (WLNE) — Starting Thursday, care-givers or companions of seniors over the age of 75 can start getting vaccinated for the coronavirus at any of the state’s mass vaccination sites.

Governor Charlie Baker announced the changes Wednesday and says the goal is to encourage more seniors to get vaccinated.

Health officials say they’ve noticed a trend of seniors being reluctant to go to mass vaccination sites by themselves to receive their shots.

Per the new policy, a care-giver or companion of any age can get vaccinated as long as they schedule an appointment for the same day and at the same location as the senior.

“We hope this change will encourage more 75 and older residents to get their vaccines at mass vaccination sites, which have the most availability and are the best suited to provide safe access for our older residents,” said Governor Baker on Wednesday.

The governor also announced that two more mass vaccination sites will launch later this month.

One will be at the Natick Mall and is scheduled to open February 22. The other will be at a former Circuit City location in Dartmouth and is slated to open February 24.

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