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CVS offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccine appointments in Massachusetts

 Massachusetts

“No appointment necessary.”

 

With demand for shots easing, CVS is now opening COVID-19 vaccine appointments to walk-in patients in Massachusetts.

“Patients are now able to walk-in to select CVS Pharmacy locations to receive a COVID-19 appointment, no appointment necessary,” Matt Blanchette, a spokesman for the pharmacy, told Boston.com in an email.

The move comes after President Joe Biden directed all pharmacies in the federal government’s vaccine distribution partnership to begin providing walk-in hours during a speech Tuesday.

CVS says walk-in appointments will be available at its 389 vaccine-carrying locations in Massachusetts — roughly 94 percent of all CVSs in the state — meaning that people will be able to enter the pharmacy without an appointment, fill out the necessary forms, and get a shot within a relatively short period of time.

Blanchette also noted that “same-day scheduling, including appointments as soon as one hour from time of scheduling,” also remains available on the CVS website. Patients can check the pharmacy’s online scheduler throughout the day to see which locations have appointments available. But the pharmacy says locations should have enough doses to accommodate all walk-ins.

“We continue to orchestrate an all-out effort to vaccinate the nation against COVID-19,” CVS Health President and CEO Karen S. Lynch said in a subsequent statement Wednesday morning.

After months of residents scooping up the scarce number of appointments nearly as quickly as available, the state’s vaxfinder.mass.gov website shows tens of thousands of first-dose appointments available through next week at mass vaccination sites, pharmacies, community centers, and other providers.

Chelsea Downtown Broadway Bus and Bike Lane Survey

Chelsea Downtown Broadway Bus and Bike Lane Survey
Encuesta del Proyecto del Carril Exclusivo de Autobús y Bicicletas 

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Downtown Broadway Bus and Bike Lane Project was initiated in August 2020 to evaluate the potential for long term roadway safety improvements for all road users while also incorporating mobility improvements for bicycles, pedestrians, transit, and curbside use.

El Departamento de Transportes de Massachusetts (MassDOT) inicio el Proyecto del Carril de Autobús y Bicicletas por Downtown Broadway en Agosto del 2020 para evaluar el potencial de mejoras de seguridad de largo plazo en calles para todos los usuarios de las vías mientras también se incorporen mejoras de movilidad para bicicletas, peatones, tránsito y usuarios de banquetas.

English: https://arcg.is/15DSPr1

Español: https://arcg.is/1Gmrzq

Emergency Broadband Benefit Outreach Toolkit Available

Emergency Broadband Benefit toolkit materials are now available for download. The outreach toolkit is a collection of social media, printables, and other content to assist communities, outreach partners, and grassroots organizers in raising awareness about the Emergency Broadband Benefit. 

 

All of the printed materials, except the poster, are designed to be printed in color or grayscale and can easily be printed on home or small office printers. Partners can copy and paste items like model tweets, a press release, and a newsletter insert. Social media images are also available to help spread awareness.

 

Audio PSAs are currently posted and will soon be joined by videos that provide an overview of the program including an American Sign Language version. 

 

In addition to English and Spanish language versions of the materials, a fact sheet and two smaller printable handouts are available in Arabic, Amharic, Burmese, Traditional Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. 

 

These tools are free to use and can be co-branded and/or adjusted to your voice. 

 

Last week, the FCC announced that beginning on May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit.

 

Please send any questions about the toolkit materials or the Emergency Broadband Benefit to broadbandbenefit@fcc.gov. 

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