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State e-mails some residents Sunday allowing them to book vaccination appointments starting Monday

A line for COVID-19 vaccine shots outside the Hynes Convention Center earlier this month.
A line for COVID-19 vaccine shots outside the Hynes Convention Center earlier this month.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

The state, which is expected to expand COVID-19 eligibility to 1.7 million new people starting Monday, sent out e-mails Sunday allowing some residents to book appointments.

“It’s time to book your vaccine appointment,” read the Sunday e-mail from the state, which was sent with the subject line “Book Now: MA Vaccination Preregistration.”

The Sunday e-mails from the state included a link that allows booking of appointments for Monday and beyond, when they will be newly eligible for vaccinations, according to Kate Reilly, a spokeswoman for the state’s COVID-19 Response Command Center.

The Baker administration did not immediately respond to further questions about the messages, including how many people got the invitations.

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People have been allowed for weeks to pre-register through the state’s sign-up website to book a later appointment when they became eligible.

Not everyone in the new group of eligible people received the invitation Sunday to book appointments. Instead, some people got different e-mails telling them to expect a message Monday about setting up a time to get a shot.

“It’s almost time to book your vaccination appointment. Expect another email tomorrow with a link you can use within 24 hours to make an appointment,” said that the message.



John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com.