The vaccine clinic at Russell Auditorium in Dorchester was the hottest spot in town Monday for young people.
Here expensive coronavirus vaccines are provided for a fortunate few people 18 years of age and older who are administered weeks before Massachusetts reaches the age that most can.
Young people from Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan rushed to the clinic after seeing on social media that there were vaccines being offered to those living or working in three Boston neighborhoods-hit by the virus.
The age of the state Eligibility rules for people 55-plus, and will expansion to 18-plus in two weeks. But before that will take place on April 19, some young people simply walked into the Dorchester clinic without an appointment and were shot.
Arriving at the Herald on Monday afternoon, there was a long line of young people waiting in the parking lot.
Shayna Sheehan, a 24-year-old Dorchester resident, left the clinic with a big smile.
“I’m a resident of Dorchester, and they offer it for free if you’re over 18, so it’s better to be a part of it,” Sheehan said outside the Talbot Avenue clinic after the shooting.
The buzz across social media caused residents to rush to the clinic, which is a partnership between Boston Medical Center and Codman Square Health Center.
Another resident under the age of 55 said he saw in a neighboring Facebook group that they had given the shooting to any local resident or worker.
“So we just hurried right away,” said the resident, who declined to be named. “And now we can’t wait a few more weeks.”
But don’t change your plans now. This suggests that people 18-plus from the neighborhoods should be patience until April 19.
A statement at Boston Medical Center Monday night said the clinic has stopped vaccinating 18-plus people.
“Due to an error made in the clinic’s pre-registration process, the community immunization clinic run by Boston Medical Center and local partners at Russell Auditorium began vaccinating community residents 18 and older. , “according to Boston Medical Center.
“The clinic has stopped vaccinations for that age group, and we are following state guidelines before fully qualifying by the end of this month,” the hospital added.
A spokesman for the state Department of Public Health yesterday told the Herald that the agency “is not aware of any special arrangements / permissions for this site that violate current eligibility rules.”
By Monday night, DPH arrived at Boston Medical Center, and the state agency was investigating.
Spokesmen for the City of Boston and the Boston Public Health Commission have both downplayed Boston Medical Center and the organizations that run the vaccination site.
There are no posts at Boston Medical Center announcing the clinic for people 18 and older.
The state on Monday expanded appropriate vaccine in people 55-plus and those with a specific medical condition. The specific key worker qualifies in weeks.