Massachusetts to open four new COVID vaccine booster sites including at Fenway Park. State officials are poised to open four new COVID-19 vaccination and booster sites in Boston, Roxbury, Lynn and Taunton early next month as Massachusetts and the U.S. combat a Christmas-season surge in cases driven by the rapidly spreading omicron variant.
Kids 5 and up and adults will be able to get vaccinated, and eligible vaccinated residents 16 and older can get their booster at the sites, which add to almost locations 1,000 statewide, according to the Baker-Polito administration.
Appointments can be made at vaxfinder.mass.gov, though walk-ins will also be accepted at most locations. Language translation services will be available at each location. Here are the new sites:
Fenway Park, 4 Jersey Street
The site, opening Jan. 6, will have the capacity to administer 1,300 doses daily, the Gov. Charlie Baker’s office said in a news release Tuesday. Cataldo Ambulance will serve as the provider.
Melnea Cass Recreation Complex, 120 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
The site opens Jan. 5 and can administer 400 Pfizer doses daily. Fallon Ambulance will be the site’s provider.
The Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury is already open and administering about 500 doses daily.
North Shore Community College, Modular Building at 300 Broad St.
The college site opens on Jan. 5 and will be able to administer 400 doses every day, provided by Cataldo Ambulance.
Taunton COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, 2005 Bay St.
The Taunton clinic, with Brewster Ambulance serving as the provider, opens Jan. 6 and will also administer 400 doses daily. Make an appointment
The prospective skyline in Worcester’s Canal District is shrinking.
Plans for a 13-story building by Gold Block Real Estate LLC have been about cut in half according to new paperwork filed with the Worcester Planning Board.
The new plans describe the building a seven-story structure with 173 units with 186 bedrooms. Originally, when the planning board listed the project’s details in April, the developers described a 13-story structure with more than 300 residential units.
The planned 152 parking spots is now set for 99, according to paperwork filed with the planning board.
The updated plans extends to commercial spaces. The new plans state the seven-story building will include more than 16,000 square feet of commercial space that will be used for a pizza restaurant and bowling alley. The original plans called for about 30,000 of residential space.
The amended paperwork describes the building as fitting into the historic fabric of the Canal District with a brick facade along the first two to three stories of the structure.
The project joins a host of other housing projects in the neighborhood.
Next to the Canal Lofts on Water Street, 62 more units are set to come on line by the end of the year. Layouts differ from unit to unit due to the historic nature of the building.
Studios begin at $1,295, one-bedroom units begin at $1,495 and two-bedroom units are $1,895.
Next month, Boston Capital Development LLC will begin a multi-phase project that starts with a six-story building that included about 80 affordable housing units.
Next to Polar Park, officials broke ground on more 220 units set for the land along Madison Street.
The first phase of the project will include 228 market-rate units. The organization is speaking with the colleges and universities within the city about using some of the space for student housing as well.
Jennifer Lee’s Bakery is moving from the Worcester Public Market to 127 Cambridge St. in Worcester to allow for more space and parking.
Jennifer Lee’s Bakery announced on Tuesday that its new location on Cambridge Street in Worcester is set to open by the end of January 2022.
In a Facebook post, Lee said the bakery will move into the new location at 127 Cambridge St. on Wednesday. Construction is set to wrap up this week with an official grand opening on Jan. 29.
The non-allergen bakery arrived in Worcester when the Worcester Public Market opened in early 2020. After about 18 months in the Canal District, the bakery outgrew its small space on Harding Street.
The new location at 127 Cambridge St. is about four times the size of the bakery inside the public market. The new building is 1,100 square feet also comes with 24 free parking spots, something the public market couldn’t offer.
The bakery, which specializes in products made without gluten, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, coconut, sesame, soy, fish, and shellfish, has a large nationwide following with locations in Boston and Worcester.
The kitchen in Worcester acts as the home base to produce goods at the public markets in Boston and Worcester, along with five farmer’s markets, custom cake orders and online delivery orders.
Where can I find at-home COVID tests? Massachusetts cities continue to hand out free tests
Massachusetts cities continue handing out free at-home COVID tests following a surge of interest after holiday celebrations.
Gov. Charlie Baker announced earlier this month that 2.1 million kits would be distributed across the commonwealth ahead of Christmas as people prepare to gather with relatives despite the number of COVID-19 cases rising across the country.
Springfield received approximately 170,000 kits and began passing them out before the holidays. The city has continued handing them out, noting that they will only be passed out while supplies lasts.
The COVID tests were still available Tuesday morning, the city told MassLive.
Two businesses, White Lion in Tower Square and Dewey’s Jazz Lounge, are handing them out. Other locations include Springfield Public Library locations and community centers.