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Baker urges speedy FDA review of Moderna COVID vaccine for kids 

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER wrote a letter to President Biden urging the US Food and Drug Administration to quickly consider approving Moderna’s application for a COVID-19 vaccine for children.  The state’s Republican governor joined Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis in writing the letter, which was sent Thursday.  “Parents have been told, over and over again, that […]

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Vaccine mandate prompts exit of 1,013 state workers

MORE THAN 1,000 state employees have now left state government rather than comply with the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.   The Massachusetts executive branch vaccine mandate went into effect October 17, but actual firings have been spread out over several months as state agencies reviewed waiver requests, handled appeals, and meted out suspensions, which are a […]

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Mass. Teachers Assn. backs vaccine mandate

THE MASSACHUSETTS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION is embracing mandatory vaccinations for all employees and eligible students in public schools and colleges across the state, subject to collective bargaining agreements concerning those not yet eligible for the shots or those for whom vaccination is not medically advisable. “Requiring vaccines for educators and eligible students is a reasonable measure […]

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Baker continues to cite constraints in vaccine supply 

ARE YOU A Massachusetts resident frustrated to be still waiting for your COVID shot? Gov. Charlie Baker has a message: blame the feds.  “I think it’s unfair that I can’t currently vaccinate everyone in Massachusetts who wants to get vaccinated, but it’s a fact. It’s a reality. Until there’s more vaccine we’re going to be playing this waiting game,” […]

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Technocratic vaccine plan leaves behind those most in need

FROM THE START, the Commonwealth’s vaccination efforts have suffered from a pervasive disconnect. No one thought to involve municipalities and local health boards in the planning process. Multilingual call lines and functional websites weren’t in place at the start of the process. Local agencies, advocates, and providers who best know the barriers to access were […]

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Baker wants to send National Guard to pick up vaccines

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER is seeking federal permission to send the Massachusetts National Guard to pick up vaccine doses from Tennessee and Kentucky, to avoid weather-related delays.   Baker said the state was informed Wednesday evening by the federal government that Massachusetts might see a “significant delay” in its shipment of COVID-19 vaccine doses for next week due to weather […]

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Prisoners get high priority for vaccine

ADVOCATES FOR THE 13,000 people incarcerated at state and county jails praised the Baker administration on Wednesday for deciding to give prisoners and prison officials early access to the COVID-19 vaccine, but said they would continue to press state officials to release inmates early. “It is commendable that the governor recognizes that prisoners should be […]