Thursday, November 10 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. 

I also want to recognize and thank my Legislative Director Sarah Nordberg since today was her last day in my office. Sarah has been working on these newsletters since we began sending them out, in addition to her many other responsibilities. We will miss her and we wish her the very best.

Table of Contents

  • State Updates
  • National Updates
  • Cambridge Updates
  • COVID-19 Testing Information
  • MA Vaccination Updates
  • DPH Resources on COVID-19 and Monkeypox
  • This Week’s Case Count
  • Mental Health Services and Resources
  • Where to Give


State Updates:

Pandemic Learning Loss May Cost Massachusetts Students Billions In Future Earnings

A new study found reading and math scores dropping, with lowest results amid Black and Hispanic students and in lower income towns and cities in Massachusetts. On average during the coronavirus pandemic, Massachusetts students lost 75% of a school year’s worth of math learning and 41% of a year of reading, with Boston Public Schools students losing 85% of a year of math. Learn more:

MA Offering Gift Cards at Family-Friendly Vaccine Clinics

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is ​​offering a $75 gift card at any of the clinics listed at Gift cards will be offered through December 31, 2022 to any Massachusetts resident (adult or child) who gets vaccinated (first dose, second dose, or booster) while supplies last. You do not need an appointment, but some clinics may encourage pre-registration.


National Updates:

Pfizer Says Omicron Booster Generates Stronger Immune Response Than Original Vaccine

Pfizer-BioNTech's updated booster shot generates a stronger immune response against the omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 compared with the original Covid vaccine. Pfizer's original vaccine formula was designed to target the original coronavirus strain. The updated booster shot is designed to target the original virus strain, as well as BA.4 and BA.5, in a single shot.  Learn more:


Cambridge Updates

Flu and COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics:

The Cambridge Public Health Department is hosting free flu and COVID-19 vaccine clinics for the Cambridge community. Seasonal flu vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines, including the bivalent booster, will be available. On 11/16, they are partnering with VaxAbilities. This event will have extra staff on hand to provide skilled support to people with disabilities and/or sensory support needs. Learn more:


COVID-19 Testing Information

Cambridge Appointment-Only Testing

Appointment-only testing, provided through a partnership with CIC Health, is available 7 days per week to people who live or work in Cambridge. Testing at CIC Health’s 295 Third Street location is available during the following hours:

  • Monday - Friday, from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday, from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Appointments can be booked online at, or assistance is available from CIC’s Customer Service Team at or by calling 877-280-2937. 

State COVID-19 Testing

Please visit

Home PCR Tests for Adults 

Please visit for details and to request a test kit.


MA Vaccination Updates

Vaccines and Boosters for Children

As a reminder, everyone ages 6 months or older is eligible to be vaccinated and everyone ages 5 years or older is eligible to be boosted. Children who have received a two-dose primary series of any vaccine and those who have received boosters are eligible to get the updated bivalent booster as long as two months have passed since their last dose. 

  • Pediatricians’ Offices: Call your child’s doctor or nurse to determine vaccine availability.
  • To see all Massachusetts vaccine locations and make appointments, go to or for children with sensory and/or other accommodation needs.

Cambridge Vaccination Data

Residents who have received at least 1 dose: 113,138

Fully Vaccinated Residents: 90,552

Residents with 1 Booster: 60,812

Residents with 2 Boosters: 25,053

Weekly DPH COVID-19 Vaccination Report

Total doses administered: 16,684,554

Total first booster doses administered: 3,361,017 

Total second booster doses administered: 1,226,554


DPH Resources on COVID-19 and Monkeypox


Monkeypox information: 


This Week’s COVID-19 Case Count 

Please note that these are only the reported cases. The actual case counts are underreported due to people using rapid tests at home. 


Total Cases: 1,920,814

New Cases: 5,524

Total Deaths: 20,697

New PCR Tests: 104,010


Total Cases: 33,750

New Cases: 9

Total Deaths: 174

State interactive data dashboard:

Harvard COVID dashboard:


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:

Intimate Partner Abuse Prevention Helpline

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 or by calling 877-898-3411.


Where to Give

Thanks to everyone who has generously contributed to many organizations serving vulnerable people locally, nationally, and globally. If you are able to donate, please visit for places serving those most affected by COVID-19 and for organizations that are engaging in racial justice work.


As always, do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions or concerns at




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