The Bedford Health Department is pleased that we have been able to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to 200 Bedford residents at weekly clinics over the past two weeks, with the capacity to do more.
The limiting factor in distributing more vaccine has been the lack of supply. This week we were informed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that we unfortunately will not be provided COVID-19 vaccine doses this week or in the foreseeable future, so at this time there are no scheduled Town of Bedford COVID-19 vaccine clinics.
The state has informed the Town that second doses are on reserve for those residents who have already received first doses. All residents who were vaccinated by the Town of Bedford on Feb. 10 or Feb. 17 will be provided a second dose and may arrange an appointment if one has not already been scheduled.
This is a policy change at the state level affecting most local health departments. Please see the full announcement, which also includes the opening of the next phase of eligibility, https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-announces-vaccine-appointment-booking-for-individuals-ages-65.
We strongly urge residents seeking vaccine, including those on the Town of Bedford vaccine waitlist, to seek alternate venues for vaccination. Residents can ask their medical provider, go to https://vaxfinder.mass.gov, or dial 2-1-1 for assistance accessing a vaccine appointment.
The Town of Bedford waitlist, http://www.bedfordma.gov/VaccineWaitlist, will remain open for currently eligible residents to sign up in the unlikely event we do get more doses in the future, but again, we strongly urge residents to seek alternate venues for vaccination.
For more information, please go to www.bedfordma.gov/covidvaccine. If you have questions, please call the Board of Health at 781-275-6507.