Gov. Baker said today that the state will open its Covid-19 vaccination registration to everybody over 16 on April 19, which he noted for people who might otherwise have forgotten, is Patriots Day.
At a vaccination site in Brockton, wearing a green tie and carrying a green binder, Baker added that before then, people over 60 and "qualified workers" will be able to sign up for a shot starting March 22, while people 55 and older, or with one comorbidity, can start on April 5.
Baker emphasized that registering on the state sign-up site will not guarantee an immediate shot slot for eligible people, because demand continues to outpace the supply of vials allocated by the federal government. However, he noted that the weekly supply is slowly going up.
Baker added that it remains important, especially when we're "so close to the finish line," to keep up all the things we've been doing over the past year: Wearing masks, washing hands, distancing outside and getting tested if you feel sick or have come in contact with people who might be infected. Seriously, Baker said, get tested: It's free and widely available.