I write to you this evening with relevant COVID-19 updates and resources.
Boston Marathon Runners, Volunteers Must Show Proof of Negative COVID Test to Participate
Before participating in the Boston Marathon this fall, on Monday, October 11, 2021, runners and volunteers will need to show proof of up to two negative COVID-19 tests. Read more here.
Walmart to Begin Offering COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments in MA
A number of Walmart stores in Massachusetts will begin offering COVID-19 vaccine appointments at 43 stores beginning on Friday, April 10, 2021. Walmart is still finalizing which stores will have the shots. Read more here.
Nationwide and Federal Updates
CDC’s Latest COVID-19 Research
The CDC shared the latest COVID-19 research on vaccine effectiveness, strategies for testing asymptomatic airline passengers, and the B.1.1.7 variant, first identified in the U.K. Read more here.
Information from the CDC on Side Effects After Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine
Some individuals have side effects that should go away within a few days after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Side effects from the second shot may be more intense than the ones that are experienced after the first shot. Others report no side effects from either dose. Learn more on this matter here.
MA Vaccination Updates
Vaccine Eligibility Expanded
As of Monday, April 5, 2021, individuals age 55 and older as well as individuals with one comorbidity are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Eligible conditions include: asthma, cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, Down Syndrome, heart conditions, immunocompromised state, obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, smoking, type 2 diabetes, HIV, type 1 diabetes, and hypertension. On Monday, April 19, 2021, the general public age 16 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Preparing for your Vaccination Appointment
Learn about how you can prepare for your vaccination appointment here
Resources for Booking and Getting to Your Appointment
Don’t forget to book your second appointment while you’re getting your first dose!
Cambridge Vaccination Data
The City of Cambridge has added Cambridge Vaccination Data to its COVID-19 Data Center. Data will be updated weekly on Fridays at 4pm. Information as of Friday, April 2, 2021:
Residents who have received at least 1 dose: 31,418
Fully Vaccinated Residents: 18,755
Daily COVID-19 Vaccination Report
The Department of Public Health is now publishing a Daily COVID-19 Vaccine Report in addition to its Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Report. Information as of Thursday, April 8, 2021:
Total doses administered: 4,204,152
Total cumulative doses shipped to MA: 5,052,940
Massachusetts is currently in the middle of Phase Two of the vaccine rollout. For more details and updates on vaccination priorities, please visit mass.gov/CovidVaccine.
For more details and updates on vaccination priorities, please visit mass.gov/CovidVaccine.
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: https://www.mass.gov/info-
Virtual Candidate Forums for Interim Superintendent Finalists Tonight
The Cambridge School Committee is hosting Virtual Candidate Forums between 5:00 and 8:00 PM tonight, April 8, 2021 for the three finalists for the position of Interim Superintendent of Schools. Panels of students, family representatives, and educational staff will ask questions of the finalists. Members of the community can watch the forums live via Zoom and the recordings will be available afterwards. Read more here.
Youth Mental Health Mini-Grants Available
The Cambridge Public Health Department will award six $1,000 mini-grants to support projects promoting youth mental health and wellness in Cambridge. Applications are due Tuesday, April 20, 2021. For more information and to apply, go to bit.ly/3u3pEWX.
Council on Aging Homebound Vaccination Program
The homebound vaccination program is for people who would not otherwise be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine unless they receive it in their home. It does not include individuals who are temporarily homebound; and/or able to leave the home with adequate assistance; or those who would prefer to get a vaccine in their home. If you meet the definition for homebound, or know someone who does, please call the Cambridge Council on Aging (CoA) at 617-349-6220. Learn more here.
Translation Resources Available
Multilingual city resources and information on COVID-19 are available on the City's multilingual help page.
Governor Baker Press Conference Updates
Governor Baker did not hold a press conference today. You can watch the Governor’s latest updates here.
Today’s Case Count
Total Cases: 613,763
New Cases: 1,938
Total Deaths: 17,022
Tests Today: 112,416
Total Cases: 5,736
New Cases: 44
Total Deaths: 121
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.