Southcoast Health vaccine clinics to resume Feb. 24
Southcoast Health’s vaccine clinics — operated at the Gleason Family YMCA in Wareham, the Vanity Fair outlet in Dartmouth, and in Fall River — will resume vaccinating patients from across the region on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
The clinics opened on Feb. 10, and distributed 3,000 vaccines across the three sites. Just two days later, the healthcare provider notified patients that it would no longer be able to provide first vaccine doses to new patients due to the state’s plan to prioritize mass vaccination sites.
It is unclear whether the new supply of first doses is due to a state policy change. Also unknown is whether Southcoast will be able to continue providing first doses in the coming weeks.
It is certain that patients who receive their first vaccine dose through Southcoast Health will be able to receive their second dose at the clinic.
Shawn Badgley, Southcoast’s public information officer, confirmed that Southcoast Health’s clinics in Wareham, Dartmouth and Fall River would be up and running again later this week.
“We’re able to make these new appointments available based on recently received supply,” Badgley said. “Across our three clinics, we’ll be able to administer about 4,000 doses.”
Badgley said he couldn’t provide specific days and times that the clinics would be offering appointments, but he said “our clinics will be getting shots in arms through the weekend,” and noted that first doses would be administered once again starting on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
However, the state policy allowing those who bring eligible patients to themselves get vaccinated only applies at state-run clinics.
Those interested in getting vaccinated can sign up for Southcoast’s MyChart portal, which automatically adds people to the healthcare provider’s list of prospective vaccine recipients, at https://mychart.southcoast.org/mychart/signup. As vaccines are available, eligible people who have signed up for MyChart will be randomly selected and asked to schedule an appointment.
Badgley said people who fit the criteria for who can be vaccinated in Massachusetts — including people aged 65 and older and people with two or more comorbidities — and who have made MyChart accounts should keep an eye out for the notification that they’ve been selected to schedule an appointment.
He said the most reliable way for people to learn that the Southcoast clinics are scheduling new appointments is by waiting for a notification that they’ve been selected to book an appointment.
Badgley also said Southcoast is in talks with the state almost daily to work on the logistics of vaccine distribution, but the situation is evolving.
“When we talk about it being week-to-week, I think that goes for a lot of factors and for a lot of entities,” Badgley said. “The state is doing their best. We’re doing our best. And other systems and hospitals and community organizations and municipalities are doing their best. And so, it’s this ongoing discussion.”
For more detailed information about the sign-up process, go to www.southcoast.org/covid-vaccine. Those eligible for the vaccine can find appointments at other providers around the state using the state’s website www.mass.gov/CovidVaccineMap.
The state policy allowing people who bring eligible patients to themselves also get vaccinated only applies at state-run clinics, not at the Southcoast Health sites.