An Act Effectuating Equity in COVID-19 Vaccination

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Black and Latinx Bay Staters are currently getting vaccinated at far lower rates compared to the overall population, despite the disproportionate toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on their communities. An Act Effectuating Equity in COVID-19 Vaccination, filed by Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, Sen. Becca Rausch, Rep. Liz Miranda, and Rep. Mindy Domb, will close the current vaccination gap by:

  • Requiring Governor Baker to appoint a Vaccine Equity Director whose sole focus is addressing vaccination disparities rooted in racism, government mistrust, and disparate access to information and resources
     

  • Requiring much more outreach and communications, both mass media and grassroots, aimed at hardest-hit communities
     

  • Expanding Stop the Spread testing sites to all Gateway Cities
     

  • Creating a mobile vaccination program for communities with highest COVID rates
     

  • Requiring transparency about vaccine distribution and implementation plans, including the Administration's commitment of 20% additional doses into most vulnerable communities, the number of unused doses, and key demographic data on vaccinations

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