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MA Expanding COVID Vaccine Eligibility

Feb 17, 2021
A police officer gets vaccinated
Norwell Police / Twitter

Massachusetts residents aged 65 and older, and those 16 and older with two approved comorbidities, can book COVID-19 vaccine appointments starting Thursday.

State Senator Eric Lesser holding a microphone

    With complaints rising about a slow and uneven rollout of the coronavirus vaccine in Massachusetts, the state legislature is planning to step up oversight.

Massachusetts Gov Charlie Baker at a lecturn
Governor's press office / Twitter

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican in his second term, delivered the annual State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday night.

    Amid complaints about a slow and confusing rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker announced changes today.

Moderna vaccine
Courtesy of Rockland County government

According to local officials, Massachusetts is planning to stand up a mass COVID-19 vaccination site in the greater Springfield area. 

Colleen Laico, from Kingston, NY, a medical professional at the ER at Kingston Hospital, receives her COVID-19 vaccination at MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, December 18, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

First responders in Massachusetts will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning on January 11, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Monday. 

Gov. Charlie Baker (R-MA) speaks at a State House news conference where he issued an emergency declaration because of the spreading coronavirus.
Governor's press office via Twitter

Gov. Charlie Baker is reinstating some restrictions meant to help slow the spread of the coronavirus as the state experiences a second surge in COVID-19 cases.

Baystate Medical Center sign
Baystate Health

COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing in western Massachusetts and healthcare officials are alarmed.

Baystate Health Monday reported 136 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 – the most of any hospital in the state.

"The amount of virus in the community and its rate of rise is alarming," said  Dr. Mark Keroack, president and CEO of Baystate Health, who warned that if hospitalizations continue to grow exponentially in December, Baystate would reach its capacity to care for both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients.

COVID-19 Diagram
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A new poll finds a majority of Massachusetts residents say they are likely to get a vaccine to prevent COVID-19 when one becomes available.

Dr. Mark Keroack speaking at podium
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

With COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts soaring along with hospitalizations, a top health official says it would not be a surprise if the state took a step back in reopening.

       With COVID-19 cases rising, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered new restrictions.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

In response to rising COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker on Monday announced a number of actions. Baker’s administration has issued a revised advisory instructing residents to stay home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. 

A bar graph of COVID-19 cases by ZIP code
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

    Officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts are encouraged by signs that a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases may have been tamped down.

Helen Caulton-Harris points to a chart
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

       Springfield, Massachusetts is recording its highest numbers of new COVID-19 cases in months --and it is younger people who are getting infected. 

Springfield Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris with a chart
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

There has been a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases detected in Springfield, Massachusetts. 


      More COVID-19 testing is going to be available this month in the largest city in western Massachusetts, as new challenges emerge to keeping the virus in check.


    New rules take effect today in Massachusetts as efforts continue to stop an uptick in coronavirus cases.  

Massachusetts Issues New Traveler Rules

Jul 24, 2020

Hoping to prevent a surge in COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker has announced new travel rules that go into effect on August 1.