Some individuals in Massachusetts are providing rides and even cash for an opportunity to make the most of a state rule that enables those that accompany individuals age 75 and older to a coronavirus vaccination appointment to get a shot on the identical time.
But the rash of on-line adverts from individuals trying to reduce the vaccination line drew a stern rebuke from Gov. Charlie Baker, who warned towards affords of assist from full strangers.
“If you’re contacted by any individual soliciting to take you to a web site, please report it to the authorities,” Baker stated on Thursday.
Seniors ought to solely settle for assist from soneone they belief, he stated. Many senior facilities within the state are providing assist.
Some officers known as on the Republican governor to place the vaccine companion program on maintain.
“While it might have been well-meaning, it took lower than 24 hours for this new state coverage to be abused,” Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell stated in an announcement.
Democratic State Rep. Steve Owens stated a gaggle of lawmakers have urged Baker to pause this system, noting that he noticed an advert from somebody providing $250 to drive an eligible resident to a vaccination web site.