WATCH: Boston Medical Center Receives First COVID Vaccine Shipment In Mass.

By Jason Hall

December 14, 2020

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Boston Medical Center was reportedly the first hospital to receive a COVID-19 vaccine shipment in the state of Massachusetts.

The facility received its first round of COVID-19 vaccines for front line workers at around 9:00 a.m. on Monday (December 14,) CBS Boston reports.

“This week, we will begin the first wave of vaccinations to front line health care workers, a group including doctors and nurses from our ICU and Emergency Department, but just as importantly, employees from environmental and support services, and other crucial support positions that work in COVID-positive patient areas,” a spokesman for Boston Medical Center told CBS Boston.

Tufts Medical Center is reportedly expected to receive its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday, while other hospitals in the state are also expected to receive their first shipments early this week as well, CBS Boston reports.

Last Wednesday (December 9,) Governor Charlie Baker announced a detailed plan for distributing an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine in the state of Massachusetts on Wednesday afternoon.

The plan will include three phases of recipient priority, with Phase 3 expected to take place in spring 2021, according to

Here's how the three-phase estimated COVID-19 vaccine timeline breaks down:

Phase One

  • December 2020- February 2021
  • Clinical and non-clinical healthcare workers working directly with COVID-19 patients.
  • Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services; Congregate care settings (including shelters and corrections)
  • Home-based healthcare workers
  • Healtcare workers doing non-COVID care

Phase Two

  • February 2021-April 2021
  • Individuals 2+ comorbidities (high risk for COVID-19 complications)
  • Early education, K-12, transit, grocery, food and agriculture sanitation, public works, and public health workers
  • Adults 65+
  • Individuals with one comorbidity

Phase Three

  • April 2021-June 2021
  • Vaccine available to general public

COVID-19 Vaccination Provider Agreement requires reporting moderate and severe adverse event to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS.)

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