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Impact of the American Rescue Plan Act on the Massachusetts Health Care System

bluecrossmafoundation.org, October 21, 2021
Funds are intended to shore up or even expand programs and agencies that have been depleted during the pandemic, while other funds are designated or available to create new programs. Read more »

FACT SHEET: Biden Administration Announces Update on Operational Planning for COVID-19 Vaccinations for Kids Ages 5-11

whitehouse.gov, October 20, 2021
Today, 2 in 3 eligible individuals, 189 million Americans are fully vaccinated. Thats an increase from approximately 2 million reported when the President took office. Read more »

FDA panel endorses Modernas lower-dose COVID-19 booster for certain groups

Bostonglobe.com, October 14, 2021
A panel of independent medical experts on Thursday unanimously recommended Moderna booster shots for many of those who had received the companys coronavirus vaccine, paving the way to sharply expand the number of people eligible for an additional shot in the United States. Read more »

Clearance for Pfizers COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11 could come in early November, officials say, as outreach to states on rollout begins

Bostonglobe.com, October 13, 2021
Clearance for Pfizers COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11 could come as soon as early November, and officials have held talks with states in preparation for the rollout, White House officials said on Wednesday. Read more »

St. Vincent Hospital declares impasse in strike talks with nurses

telegram.com, October 13, 2021
St. Vincent Hospital on Wednesday declared an impasse in negotiations to end the nurses strike, meaning it believes no further progress can be made in talks. Read more »

Survey: Three-quarters of Mass. residents support universal vaccine mandate

Bostonglobe.com, October 13, 2021
Massachusetts, a national leader in vaccinations, is also one of the states that leads in openness to vaccine mandates, according to a new study from a consortium that includes researchers from Northeastern and Harvard universities. Read more »

Facing staffing shortages, Baker activates Massachusetts National Guard to assist with COVID-19 testing in public schools

Bostonglobe.com, October 12, 2021
In response to staffing shortages that caused COVID-19 testing delays in many Massachusetts school districts, Governor Charlie Baker activated up to 200 members of the National Guard on Tuesday to assist with testing in public K-12 schools. Read more »

These proposed new maps for Massachusetts House and Senate districts focus on strengthening minority communities

masslive.com, October 12, 2021
Massachusetts lawmakers on Tuesday showcased potential new House and Senate district maps for the next decade, incorporating census data that had been delayed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more »

Facing staffing shortages, Baker activates Massachusetts National Guard to assist with COVID-19 testing in public schools

bostonglobe.com, October 12, 2021
In response to staffing shortages that caused COVID-19 testing delays in many Massachusetts school districts, Governor Charlie Baker activated up to 200 members of the National Guard on Tuesday to assist with testing in public K-12 schools. Read more »

11 winners of this years Henry L. Shattuck Public Service Awards in Boston

bostonherald.com, October 9, 2021
When COVID hit 18 months ago, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center President and CEO Manny Lopes braced for its impact with his staff of more than 1,400 people. Read more »

Sun Life to acquire Boston-based DentaQuest for $2.5B

bizjournals.com, October 4, 2021
The transaction will bring together two employers with a significant Boston-area presence and will more than double the revenue levels of Sun Lifes U.S. employee benefits business. Read more »