WORCESTER, Mass. - Expanded eligibility means more people will be looking for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. 

Saint Vincent Hospital oversees the vaccine site at Worcester State University and expects operations to continue running smoothly.

So far, the Worcester State site has only used the two-dose Pfizer vaccine. It’s the only one approved for people under the age of 18. They’ve administered around 58,000 doses and they’re looking forward to welcoming more people, especially those in the younger age group. 

"We anticipate it to be similar smooth operations as to what we've been doing since the beginning.  So far, our ability to give vaccinations has been only limited by the number of doses we have received and we continue to receive somewhere between 8,000 and 10,000 a week over the last couple of weeks. We are just looking forward to continue to vaccinate people and we are so excited that so many people in the younger age groups want to get vaccinated as well," said Carolyn Jackson, Saint Vincent Hospital CEO. 

The Worcester State site is not part of the state's pre-registration system yet, but Jackson says it will hopefully be added soon.  The state is encouraging people to pre-register so they’ll be notified when appointments becomes available.