The sign above the entrance to the Natick Mall’s new COVID-19 vaccination site that opened Monday says it all: “Epic Fun.”
The sign, which actually promotes the Dave & Buster’s restaurant above, is true in a sense for vaccine recipients in that for many it’s been a tough challenge getting an appointment for a limited supply of vaccine given to the state. Hey, you’re just going to feel a little pinch.
The site at Natick Mall plans to administer 500 doses per day to start out. Vaccines will be administered by appointment only. Now eligible to receive the vaccine are Phase 1 and some Phase 2 groups, which includes people aged 65 and older; people with certain medical conditions; those in long-term care or congregate care settings; and several other groups.
Going forward, the plan is for the Natick Mall site to give out up to 3,000 doses per day, seven days a week.
We stopped by to check out the scene. All was very calm and civilized as a trickle of people walked over from the lower level of Parking Garage C, past LabCorp reps, and into the old Sears building. Those who had arrived early for their appointments waited in their cars until their time was nigh.
If you’ve received your vaccine at the mall or are working at the vaccine site and would like to share your experience, please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
LabCorp is the vaccine provider, and can be contacted at 888-990-6066 for general event questions and if you need to cancel an appointment you have already set up. Representatives at that number will not be able to schedule appointments. That can be done online here. Or phone appointments may be made on the state’s 211 hotline.
The Natick vaccination site is is accessible, and wheelchairs will be provided on site to those who want one. There is accessible parking, an accessible drop-off and pick-up location, and staff are available to assist as needed. Masks are mandatory.
A Natick Report reader asked how to volunteer to work at the site. We believe the place to start is the state’s MA Responds site.
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