Thursday, February 18, 2021

CommonWealth Magazine: Vaccine eligibility expands; Oversight panel begins next week

"THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION accelerated its vaccine rollout, announcing that starting Thursday individuals over 65 and those with two or more underlying health conditions can start booking appointments for initial doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

Last week, the administration had indicated it would be “several weeks” before it would move on from vaccinating those 75 and older. But Marylou Sudders, the secretary of health and human services, said in a briefing with reporters on Wednesday that the uptake by the over-75 group went better than expected, resulting in more than 50 percent of the group receiving at least a first dose."

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"THE MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE intends to put Gov. Charlie Baker on the hot seat over the vaccine rollout, calling an oversight hearing that has been used sparingly in the past.

Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Ronald Mariano said Wednesday morning that they will convene a joint committee for a series of oversight hearings to get answers from the administration on its vaccine efforts."
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Gov Baker's press conf on Feb 17
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