Coronavirus

New vaccine appointments quickly snapped up in Massachusetts

Only about 12,000 vaccine slots opened Thursday morning, down from 50,000 last week.

In this Feb. 11, 2021, photo, people receive COVID-19 vaccines at Gillette Stadium. Steven Senne / AP, File

BOSTON (AP) — A limited number of new coronavirus vaccination appointments made available to Massachusetts residents Thursday were quickly snapped up, prompting the state to blame federal authorities for the limited supply.

Only about 12,000 vaccine slots opened Thursday morning, down from 50,000 last week.

No new first-dose appointments were available at several mass vaccination sites Thursday, according to a tweet from the state’s official account at about 7 a.m.

New appointments at Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, and the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston were not available due in part to “a large number of previously scheduled second-dose appointments.”

Eligible residents were instead advised to seek appointments at one of the state’s other mass vaccination sites, but by 11 a.m., the state tweeted all appointments at those sites had been booked.

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Gov. Charlie Baker has repeatedly said it may take weeks for eligible residents to book appointments because demand far exceeds vaccine supply.

Also Thursday, the first doses of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine were administered in the state. The new, single-dose vaccine received emergency federal authoritization just last weekend.

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