Hull’s public health director, Joyce Sullivan, this week provided assurances that town residents will be informed through social media, Hull TV, and The Hull Times when the coronavirus vaccine will be available to the general public and will be given information about subsequent phases.
“We don’t have any vaccines right now, but when we do, we will schedule clinics and inform the public,” said Sullivan, a registered nurse.
The state’s vaccine rollout plan has three phases, which correspond with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.
The vaccine was administered to 30 first responders on Jan. 12 as a first step. Thirty more were scheduled to be vaccinated this Thursday. “We only received 60 doses but are requesting more for the next part of Phase 1,” Sullivan said.
The town of Hull partnered with Cohasset, Hingham, Norwell, and Scituate to secure vaccines from the state for their police, fire, and emergency medical services personnel.
Meanwhile, the Hull Board of Health’s office has been inundated with calls from residents inquiring when the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to the public, asking other questions, and voicing concerns, Sullivan reported.
“We are receiving as many as 30 calls a day,” she said.
She noted that some of the calls to the Board of Health related to Gov. Charlie Baker’s remarks about the CDC’s recommendation that individuals age 65 and over be included in Phase 1 of the rollout plan rather than in Phase 2. But that has yet to be confirmed.
“What the governor said was that he will provide the CDC information to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, who will make that decision,” Sullivan said.
She emphasized that the Board of Health is committed to administering vaccinations “all the way through Phase 3, right here in Hull.”