Community clinic run by Boston Medical Center mistakenly vaccinates residents aged 18 and over

DORCHESTER, MASS. (WHDH) - For a time, anyone aged 18 and over was able to get vaccinated at the Russell Auditorium in Dorchester on Monday against state guidelines.

7NEWS learned that the word spread like wildfire on social media and many showed up to get their shot without an appointment.

Boston Medical Center, who runs the clinic, issued a statement about the mishap later in the evening reading:

“Due to an error made in the clinic’s pre-registration process, the community vaccination clinic run by Boston Medical Center and local partners at Russell Auditorium began vaccinating community residents 18 and older. The clinic has ceased vaccinations for that age group, and we are adhering to state guidelines in advance of full eligibility later this month.”

Dorchester is one of the communities that have been hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Massachusetts expanded its vaccine eligibility Monday to include people ages 55 years and older and those with one qualifying medical condition.

People can check to see if their medical condition qualifies them to get the vaccine by viewing the full list here.

Anyone 16 years and older will become eligible on April 19.

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