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J&J single-dose COVID-19 vaccine gains backing from FDA Advisory Panel

Wall Street Journal, February 26, 2021
Johnson & Johnson 's single-dose Covid-19 vaccine worked safely and should be authorized for use in the U.S Read more »

The FDA's advisory panel is set to formally vote on whether to approve Johnson & Johnson's single-dose vaccine for emergency use.

Twitter, February 26, 2021

One-Shot COVID-19 Vaccine Expands Opportunities to Prevent Death & Severe Disease

Migrant Clinicians Network, February 25, 2021
Within the coming days or weeks, the FDA is expected to give emergency use authorization for the manufacture and sale of Johnson and Johnson’s (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine. Read more »

FDA panel will review Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Friday

NBC News, February 25, 2021
Emergency Use Authorization for the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine could come as soon as this weekend, with 4 million doses ready to ship immediately. Read more »

Boston health centers work to vaccinate Massachusetts' most vulnerable

NBC News, February 25, 2021
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker testified before the state legislature after being accused of prioritizing speed over equity in his vaccine rollout. Read more »

Massachusetts National Guard Begins Assisting with Community Vaccinations in Danvers, Springfield and East Boston, February 21, 2021
As part of the Commonwealth's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, the Massachusetts National Guard has begun providing support of vaccination initiatives. Read more »

Community health centers gear up for broader role in coronavirus vaccination

Boston Globe, February 21, 2021
Community health centers are gearing up for an expanded role in the state's vaccination effort, widening the pathway into the neighborhoods hardest hit by COVID-19. Read more »

Beset by critics, Baker now stressing speed and scale for COVID-19 vaccination

Boston Globe, February 20, 2021
Stung by criticism it was moving too slowly, the Baker administration has overhauled its approach to delivering COVID-19 vaccines in just three weeks Read more »

'Vaccine Redlining': Massachusetts' Congressional Delegation Talks About Vaccine Access

WBUR, February 20, 2021
After about a full year of the coronavirus crisis, data have gradually revealed what many predicted would happen Read more »

Legislators and activists push for racial and vaccination equality in the face of pandemic

MassLive, February 20, 2021
While state officials scramble to get COVID-19 vaccines to those covered under Phase 1 guidelines, namely older residents Read more »

'There are a lot of people who can't get to Fenway or Gillette': Some residents feel overlooked in vaccine rollout

Boston Globe, February 14, 2021
If anyone has experience overcoming obstacles, it's John Chappell. The 77-year-old Hanover resident, who is a paraplegic, is a former deputy commissioner of a state agency designed to help disabled people. Read more »

Hospitals inform patients Massachusetts is reallocating COVID-19 vaccines to state-run clinics

WCVB, February 12, 2021
Future deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines to Massachusetts hospitals will be curtailed in order to consolidate doses for use at state-run clinics, hospital groups informed patients on Thursday evening. Read more »

Community health centers 'stepping up' to boost trust in coronavirus vaccines

Boston Herald, February 11, 2021
Coronavirus "vaccine hesitancy" is still a major component to increasing equity and access in some of the communities that have been hit hardest by coronavirus even as millions scramble for the scarce shots around Massachusetts, local health leaders said. Read more »

State nears 1 million vaccinations administered

Boston 25 News, February 11, 2021
Nearly a million doses of vaccine have been administered in the state. The rollout is beginning to pick up steam but some critics say there are still a lot of problems. Read more »

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Community Health Centers Team Up to Address Barriers to COVID Vaccine Access

Cision PR Newswire, February 11, 2021
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts ("Blue Cross") today announced a new effort with the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers ("the League") to help provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccinations. Read more »

Governor Baker tours mass vaccination site in East Boston

WWLP Digital First, February 11, 2021
Governor Charlie Baker visited the mass vaccination site in East Boston and also provided an update on state's response efforts on the COVID-19 vaccines Thursday. Read more »

COVID-19 vaccination clinic opens in Lynn

MSN, February 10, 2021
The clinic opened at the Lynn Tech Field House at 80 Neptune St., for those who live or work in Lynn and Nahant or are patients of Lynn Community Health Center and are eligible based on the state's vaccination plan. Read more »

"Organically Built & Groomed" Michael Curry

Ethnic Online, February 10, 2021
Let me introduce and remind folks who was behind and led this massive undertaking! Michael Curry, the newly elected President & CEO of Massachusetts Community Health Centers who took over the office on January 1st, 2021! Read more »

Direct Relief Launches Map Tracking Global Vaccine Acceptance Rates

Direct Relief, February 10, 2021
The reason why we're interested in vaccine acceptance is that in order for vaccination to work as a response Read more »

Ameresco completes Shaw's Center renovations in Brockton, makes way for vaccination center

Worcester Business Journal, February 9, 2021
Renewable energy company Ameresco, based in Framingham, has completed a building renovation project at Shaw's Center in Brockton Read more »

FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Community Health Centers Vaccination Program to Launch Next Week and Another Increase in States, Tribes, & Territories' Vaccine Supply

The White House, February 9, 2021
As the U.S. surpasses 26 million COVID-19 infections, President Biden is taking additional steps today to speed up vaccinations across the country. Read more »

Critics Say Mass. Vaccination Disparity Shows 'Equity Was An Afterthought'

wgbh, February 5, 2021
Salvador Sanchez of Chelsea had been worried about getting COVID-19. But on Thursday, he got a vaccine at a new clinic that opened up at the offices of La Colaborativa, a community organization in Chelsea. Read more »

Baker opens call center to help seniors book vaccine appointments, rolls out ad campaign to combat hesitancy

Boston Globe, February 5, 2021
Governor Charlie Baker announced a $2.5 million public awareness campaign Friday aimed at addressing vaccine hesitancy among residents of color Read more »

Local groups in Chelsea team up to launch a hard-earned vaccination site

Boston Globe, February 3, 2021
A large-scale public vaccination site will open Thursday in Chelsea, the early epicenter of the pandemic in Massachusetts Read more »

Restoring trust to save lives

Boston Globe, February 3, 2021
In case you missed, oh, all of 2020, our bumpy COVID vaccine rollout is providing yet another lesson on American inequality. Read more »

Many Latinos Are Hesitant To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine

NPR, February 1, 2021
For Deicin Garcia, distrust of the medical system goes back to when she arrived from Mexico 15 years ago as an undocumented teenager. Read more »