On January 14, 2021, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts deemed Medical Supply Chain workers essential and eligible for Phase 2 of the vaccine roll out plan.
Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced
that this cohort is eligible to start making appointments at all vaccination clinics in the state, starting on March 22nd.
The Commonwealth defines “Medical Supply Chain” as any worker “directly involved in the manufacturing and production, packaging, transport, quality control, and sale of materials critical to the delivery of medical care.”
In addition, any company involved in the “research, development, manufacturing and production, packaging, transport, quality control, and sale of vaccines (COVID-19 and others),” can also make appointments and receive vaccines starting next week.
We applaud the Baker-Polito Administration for this move and we’re proud to have played a role in making sure this critical population will finally get the protection they deserve. It has always been our fundamental belief that this pandemic has highlighted the essential need for our industry and we take comfort in the fact that our partners in government clearly share that belief.
"This has been the most difficult year many of us have ever faced," said Brian Johnson, President, MassMEDIC. "Our world, our country and our Commonwealth have faced an unthinkable toll from the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have lost friends, family and jobs during this crisis, and so many businesses have faced financial ruin. Through it all, I have taken comfort in knowing that this industry was on the front lines of the fight. Your dedication to patients, to your employees, and to your world has brought some light in these dark times. May this be the first step to a full recovery.