Friday, November 19 COVID-19 & Legislative Updates

Dear all,

 

I write to you this evening with relevant COVID-19 updates and resources as well as recent legislative news. 

 

Table of Contents

  • COVID-19 Testing Information
  • State Updates
  • National Updates
  • Cambridge Updates
  • MA Vaccination Updates
  • Today’s Case Count
  • Legislative Updates
  • Recent Press
  • Mental Health Services and Resources
  • Where to Give

 

COVID-19 Testing Information

 

Cambridge COVID-19 Testing

  • Monday: 4:00 – 8:00 PM at the CambridgeSide mall 
  • Wednesday: 2:00 – 6:00 PM at 2254 Massachusetts Ave, St. John the Evangelist Church 
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the CambridgeSide mall
  • Sunday: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM at 50 Church Street

 

As of November 1, the testing site at the CambridgeSide mall has returned to walk-in testing inside the mall. There will be no testing on November 24 or 25 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Learn more at https://www.cambridgema.gov/covid19/testing.

 

State COVID-19 Testing

To find a COVID-19 testing site in Massachusetts, visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/find-a-covid-19-test.

 

State Updates

 

All MA Adults Now Eligible for COVID-19 Boosters

Yesterday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that effective immediately, all MA residents aged 18+ are eligible to get a COVID-19 booster six months after receiving their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two months since receiving a Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine. 

 

National Updates

 

FDA Authorizes Boosters for All Adults

This morning, the US Food and Drug Administration authorized boosters of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines for all adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the recommendation this afternoon. Learn more at: t.ly/ezYn. 

Cambridge Updates

 

COVID Vaccine Clinic at King Open School 12/1

Students, families, and the community can get their free Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot at the King Open School located at 850 Cambridge Street on Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Flu vaccines, including FluMist and high-dose vaccines, will also be offered. Nurses will be available to speak with anyone who has COVID-19 or flu vaccine questions. At this time, all appointment slots for COVID-19 and flu vaccines on December 1 have either been filled or are reserved for people who received their first COVID-19 vaccine at the November 10 clinic.  Read more: https://bit.ly/3Bry7Xe

 

CHA Vaccinating Kids 5+

COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 and older are available at the Cambridge Health Alliance Vaccine Center in Somerville (next to Target). Walk-ins are welcome and you don’t need to be a CHA patient. Visit bit.ly/3q1r4me to learn more. Clinic hours for the CHA Somerville Vaccine Center: 

  • Monday & Tuesday: 11:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

 

CRLS Students Say “Cool People Get Vaccinated”

Hoping to inspire their peers, students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin talk about why they got vaccinated against COVID-19 in a PSA titled “Cool People Get Vaccinated.” Watch it at bit.ly/31nn6tJ

 

Where to Get a COVID-19 Booster Shot 

This is a list of a few places that we are familiar with that are offering COVID-19 boosters in/near Cambridge for eligible MA residents: 

 

  • Cambridge Health Alliance (Walk-ins or appointments)
  • Star Market (Walk-ins or appointments)

 

MA Vaccination Updates

 

Vaccination Locations for Children Ages 5-11

  • Pharmacies: CVS and Walgreens locations
  • Mass General Brigham (for patients): covidvaccine.massgeneralbrigham.org/MA
  • Boston Children’s Hospital (for patients):  Schedule an appointment through the hospital’s MyChildren’s Patient Portal or call 617-919-7102.
  • Atrius Health (for patients): Parents can schedule an appointment directly through MyHealth Online or call their child’s doctor’s office.
  • Pediatricians’ Offices: Call your child’s doctor or nurse to determine vaccine availability.
  • To see all Massachusetts vaccine locations and make appointments, go to vaxfinder.mass.gov or VaxAbilities.com for children with sensory and/or other accommodation needs.

 

Mobile Vaccination Services

You can find hours and dates for mobile vaccination clinics at t.ly/qTMc. 

 

CHA Offering Walk-In Vaccinations

These sites are open to all Massachusetts residents age 12 and older: 

  • 176 Somerville Ave
  • Cambridge Hospital
  • East Cambridge Care Center 
  • Malden Care Center

 

CHA is also offering “pop-up” vaccination clinics – information on hours and locations here: https://www.challiance.org/patients-visitors/covid-19-vaccine

 

Walk-In Vaccinations Available at CVS

Massachusetts residents age 12 and over can now get walk-in appointments at the 389 vaccine-carrying CVS locations across the Commonwealth. 

 

Cambridge Vaccination Data

The City of Cambridge has added Cambridge Vaccination Data to its COVID-19 Data Center. Data will be updated weekly on Thursdays. Information as of Thursday, November 18, 2021:

 

Residents who have received at least 1 dose: 87,855

Fully Vaccinated Residents: 78,058

 

 

Daily COVID-19 Vaccination Report

The Department of Public Health publishes a Daily COVID-19 Vaccine Report in addition to its Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Report. Information as of Friday, November 19, 2021:

 

Total doses administered: 10,973,191

Total cumulative doses shipped to MA: 13,036,210

 

 

Vaccination Appointment Resources

 

Resources for Booking and Getting to Your Appointment

  • Online: Visit vaxfinder.mass.gov/. You can also book directly with a pharmacy at cvs.com or walgreens.com.
  • Phone: Call 2-1-1 between 8:30 AM-8:00 PM Monday-Thursday or 8:30 AM-5:00 PM Friday-Sunday and select the prompt for “help scheduling a vaccine appointment.”
  • In-Home Vaccinations: Anyone who is unable to get to a vaccine location can call the Homebound Vaccination Central Intake Line at 833-983-0485 between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday-Friday. Boosters are also available.

 

Booster Shots Available for Fully Vaccinated Adults

COVID-19 boosters are available for all fully vaccinated MA residents aged 18 years and older. Learn more at mass.gov/COVID19booster.

FAQs

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has a Frequently Asked Questions site that is continually updated as they receive new questions. You may access the FAQs here. Questions can be submitted to COVID-19-Vaccine-Plan-MA@mass.gov.

 

Today’s Case Count 

 

Massachusetts

Total Cases: 829,577

New Cases: 2581

Total Deaths: 18,856

New Tests: 100,809

 

Cambridge

Total Cases: 8128

New Cases: 51

Total Deaths: 126

 

The state has created an interactive dashboard, including the percentage of COVID-19 positive cases and testing rates by city and town. The dashboard can be viewed here.  

 

For Harvard University COVID-19 information, click here. For MIT COVID-19 information, click here

 

Legislative Updates

 

Bills I have filed that are being heard next week

Several of my bills are scheduled for a public hearing next week: An Act relative to ending unnecessary hospitalizations and reducing emergency department boarding, An Act relative to universal full-day kindergarten, An Act enhancing learning in the early school years through a ban on school exclusion in pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade, and An Act relative to the tracking of certain electronic devices. The hearing schedule is available at malegislature.gov, where hearings will be livestreamed and available for viewing after they conclude.  

Recent Press

 

“Bill would create tiered system for hospitals’ ability to treat strokes” by Katie Lannan, State House News Service

This session, a handful of different stroke care bills are before the Public Health Committee.

State Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, who chairs the committee with state Rep. Marjorie Decker, D-Cambridge, asked Perron Drag if she thought it “would be useful for the committee to consider a package of the proposals that are more coordinated.” Read more: https://bit.ly/3kQZSTE 

 

 

Mental Health Services and Resources

 

If you or a loved one are struggling, please know that you are not alone. There are some great resources here: decker4rep.com/2021/mental-health-services-and-resources/.

 

Intimate Partner Abuse Prevention Helpline For MA residents

Thanks to COVID-19 relief funds from the CARES ACT, Massachusetts now has a Helpline that people can call for help rather than harming their partner. Open to any resident, the helpline is the first in the nation of its kind. This initiative is designed to prevent intimate partner violence by fostering accountability and change in people who harm or may harm their intimate partner. You can find more information at 10to10helpline.org or by calling 877-898-3411. 

 

Where to Give

 

If you are able to give to others during this time, I encourage you to look to places that are working to help those most affected by COVID-19: decker4rep.com/2021/places-that-are-working-to-help-those-most-affected-by-covid-19/.

 

I also encourage you to donate to the following organizations that are engaging in racial justice work: decker4rep.com/2021/organizations-that-are-engaging-in-racial-justice-work/.

 

As always, do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions or concerns at Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov.

 

Sincerely,  

Marjorie

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