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State Lawmakers, Community Organizations Push For Vaccine Equity

By Paris Alston and Callum Borchers | Feb 18, 2021

More people are about to become eligible for coronavirus vaccines. But Gov. Charlie Baker says it'll probably take at least a month for them get appointments. State lawmakers, including Sonia Chang-Diaz, and community organizations are frustrated by the rollout. We speak with her and a member of the newly-formed Vaccine Equity Now! Coalition.


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