Wednesday March 24 COVID-19 Updates

Dear all,
I write to you this evening with relevant COVID-19 updates and resources. As a reminder, I will be holding virtual office hours this week at the following times:
  • Thursday, March 25, 2021, from 5:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Friday, March 26, 2021, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM
The first half hour of office hours will be open to all who wish to join. The second half hour will be reserved for 1:1 appointments for those who have matters that they wish to discuss privately. If you are interested in attending, please fill out this form or call my office at 617-722-2060.
State Updates
Over $27 Million in Federal Funding for Vaccine Equity Initiative
The Biden Administration is investing over $33 million to support efforts and direct vaccine administration, especially in communities of color, with over $27 million in new CDC funds that were announced last week.
MA Vaccination Updates
First Educator Vaccination Day This Weekend
As a reminder, four days have been designated as Educator Vaccination Days. On those days, the state’s 7 mass vaccination sites will only offer 1st dose appointments for K-12 educators, child care workers and K-12 school staff.
These dates are:
  • Saturday, March 27, 2021
  • Saturday, April 3, 2021
  • Saturday, April 10, 2021
  • Sunday, April 11, 2021
Workers in this group must use the pre-registration system to request an appointment at one of the seven mass vaccination sites and attest they are a K-12 educator, childcare worker or K-12 school staff.
Free Transportation to COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments for MassHealth members or Health Safety Net Patients
All MassHealth members or Health Safety Net patients can get free transportation to COVID-19 vaccine appointments. You can request transportation for a scheduled appointment by calling (800) 841-2900. You may find additional information on transportation help here.
Resources for Booking and Getting to Your Appointment
  • 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.” This multilingual service is for residents who don’t have Internet access or have trouble using the Internet.
  • Need help? For detailed information about how to make an appointment, including updates about specific health care providers, see the Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services vaccine resources page. You can also visit macovidvaxhelp.com, which is an unofficial site staffed by volunteers for eligible individuals who are unable to book vaccine appointments on their own.
  • Need a ride? Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES) is offering free transportation for local adults aged 65+ to COVID-19 vaccination sites in Cambridge and Somerville as well as Fenway Park and CHA Malden. For more information, click here. To register for a ride, call SCES at 617-628-2601 or email info@eldercare.org.
  • The City of Cambridge has published accessibility information for the state’s mass vaccination sites. You can find it here.
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 March 19, 2021:
Residents who have received at least 1 dose: 23,199 (21%)
Fully Vaccinated Residents: 14,025 (13%)
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 Wednesday, March 24, 2021:
Total doses administered: 3,079,149
Total cumulative doses shipped to MA: 3,517,870
Vaccination Timeline
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.
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: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions. Questions can be submitted to COVID-19-Vaccine-Plan-MA@mass.gov.
Cambridge Updates
Reminder: Mobile Vaccination Program in Cambridge
Residents of the City of Cambridge who need someone to come to their home to administer the COVID vaccine should contact the Cambridge Council on Aging by calling 617-349-6220. They are compiling a list of Cambridge residents to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine through a mobile vaccination program.
Translation Resources Available
Multilingual city resources and information on COVID-19 are available on the City’s multilingual help page.
National Updates
Americans Getting Vaccinated and Reemerging
As more American individuals are receiving their COVID-19 vaccine, an increase of people are reemerging and letting their guard down by relaxing social distancing precautions, reported the Axios/Ispsos Coronavirus Index. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, and other public health experts have warned the public that reopening states before COVID-19 cases reach a more controllable level could lead to the same surges that the nation experienced before. It is important to continue to follow CDC guidelines, which can be found here.
Baker Press Conference Updates
Governor Baker did not hold a press conference today. You can watch the Governor’s latest COVID-19 updates here.
Today’s Case Count
Total Cases: 584,024
New Cases: 1,865
Total Deaths: 16,632
Tests Today: 106,349
Total Cases: 5,331
New Cases: 32
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.
Cambridge COVID Testing Sites
Mental Health Services and Resources
If you or a loved one are struggling, please know that you are not alone. Here are some great resources:
Where to Give
On Fridays, Cambridge CoHousing will be collecting food either in a paper bag or small box for the Chelsea Food Collaborative. Drop off is between 9 AM and 2:30 PM at the entrance to CoHousing at 175 Richdale Ave, Cambridge, MA. If you don’t see someone at the moment you arrive, please leave it just inside the gate where we will have boxes marked “For Chelsea.”
Transition House in Need of Emergency Donations
If you are able to give to others during this time, I encourage you to look to additional 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:
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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