Letter from Yarmouth Selectmen sent out last Tuesday night to Baker Administration:
Dear Governor Baker: We, the Yarmouth Board of Selectmen, join with our state legislators throughout the Cape and Islands to express our grave concern over the less than optimal rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination program in the Commonwealth and, in particular, throughout the Cape and Islands.
Our region has the highest concentration of elderly residents in New England. The Cape and Islands also has one of the highest populations of residents over the age of 75 years in the northeast. Many of our residents who fall within this age group are battling serious diseases such as cancer, and are living with compromised immune systems as a result of receiving and having received chemotherapy. They especially are very vulnerable to infection and need to be vaccinated immediately. The Barnstable County COVID Helpline is flooded with angry and frustrated elderly callers daily. The response to this crisis has been seriously lacking.
Our county only receives 975 doses of vaccine per week. Local pharmacies have a modest supply of vaccines and the closest mass vaccination site is at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, which is simply too far away for our elderly, infirm, and sick residents. The online registration system has been chaotic. While the policy of prioritizing people over age 75 for the Covid vaccination is to be applauded, it is simply meaningless without an adequate supply of vaccine to support it.
We want to assure you that the Town of Yarmouth stands ready to assist the Commonwealth in this endeavor in any way it can. We urge you to take action and come to the aid of our vulnerable population by substantially increasing the supply of vaccines to the Cape and Islands and setting up a mass vaccination site here on the Cape without further delay. Thank you for your attention to this most urgent matter.
The Yarmouth Board of Selectmen