Gov. Baker announced today the state is lowering the age of eligibility for Covid-19 vaccinations from 75 to 65 and will allow anybody with two or more state-defined comorbidities to sign up for vaccination, starting Thursday morning.
The expansion of the state's shot-worthy still doesn't include either teachers. But Gov. Baker said that moderate to severe asthma is now on the list of diseases that count as an underlying condition.
Baker said that not everybody in the newly expanded list will be able to get a shot right away because we're just not getting enough vaccine from the federal government; he estimated it could take a month for everybody who wants one. He said the state is currently getting 110,000 first-dose shots a week from the feds.
He said the new guidelines will add 1 million people to the list of eligible shot getters.
Baker said the state this week will add slots at CVS pharmacies to its signup site. And he said that the once sluggish state is now among the top 10 states for first shots.