Baker Administration Setting Aside 20,000 Vaccines At Hynes Center Next Week Specifically For Nonwhites

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If you’re not white, then you may have an easier time getting a vaccine against coronavirus in Massachusetts next week.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s administration plans to set aside 20,000 vaccine appointments at the Hynes Convention Center next week specifically for nonwhites, as State House News Service reports.

Many organizations will work with the state on an outreach campaign to get minorities to book these appointments. They include: the Red Sox Foundation, El Mundo, The BASE, Archipelago Strategies Group, Healthcare for All, and the Boston Public Health Commission.

The Baker administration has not said how these 20,000 appointments reserved for nonwhites compares to weeks past, as State House News Service points out. State officials had said incoming doses from the Federal Emergency Management Agency going to the Hynes site would go to some high-risk communities, as State House News Service notes.

Additionally, the Boston Red Sox will be part of the outreach campaign to get people to the Hynes Convention Center for vaccines from Monday, April 19 to Sunday, April 25. It will be “Red Sox week” there, the report says.

Hynes will have bilingual staff that speaks Spanish and signs in both languages. Baker says there will be “Red Sox-themed attractions,” too. These include World Series trophies, raffle tickets to win Red Sox tickets, a “selfie station,” and “socially distanced visits with Wally the Green Monster,” the report says.

Alberto Vasallo, president and chief executive officer of El Mundo Boston, told State House News Service that this “fun atmosphere” at Hynes should help get more nonwhites vaccinated in the state.

“It helps move the needle, but it is a challenge,” he said.


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