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Mass. wrapping up operations at mass vaccination sites; will next target hard-hit communities

People were given COVID-19 vaccinations at Gillette Stadium.
People were given COVID-19 vaccinations at Gillette Stadium.Steven Senne/Associated Press

The mass vaccination sites around the Commonwealth are all slated to close in the coming weeks, state officials said Thursday, as authorities shift their focus to “targeted, community-based” COVID-19 inoculation efforts aimed at reaching populations that still need shots.

Closure dates planned for the mass vaccination sites are June 14 at Gillette Stadium, June 22 at Hynes Convention Center, June 23 at Natick Mall, June 27 at the Reggie Lewis Center, June 30 at the Doubletree in Danvers, July 6 at the Eastfield Mall in Springfield, and July 13 at the former Circuit City in Dartmouth, according to a statement from the Massachusetts COVID-19 Command Center.


All closure dates, the statement said, are subject to change, and those sites will take walk-ins until they close.

“For information on days and hours of operation, visit www.vaxfinder.mass.gov,” said the statement.

In a related development, the Command Center said it would send “targeted text and phone messages” Thursday via the Everbridge alerts system to communities hit hard by the virus, “to remind people of the importance of getting a vaccine and share locations in their community where they can get vaccinated.”

That messaging effort has already reached more than 1 million residents, according to the center.

“To date, messages have been sent to over 1.1 million residents of 14 equity communities and the Command Center is continuing to work to reach the other communities,” the statement said. “This week, messages will be sent to Brockton, Malden, Methuen, Revere, and Worcester.”

The statement said nearly 3.7 million residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and more than 4.3 million people have received at least one dose. Residents are considered fully vaccinated once they receive two doses of either the Pfizer of Moderna shots, spaced weeks apart, or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.


Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.