IN THE NEWS

September 27, 2021

Extension of Mask Mandate and Details on Vaccine Threshold

The Department of Early and Secondary Education has announced that the mask requirement in schools will be extended until at least November 1. In addition, as of October 15, if a school demonstrates a vaccination rate of 80 percent or more of all students and staff, then vaccinated individuals in that school would no longer be subject to the state mask requirement. Whether or not a school or district avails themselves of the 80 percent vaccination off ramp is a local decision to be made by school and district leaders in consultation with local health officials.

For more information, please go to:

https://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/on-desktop.html


September 22, 2021

FDA Authorizes Booster Dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Certain Populations

https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-authorizes-booster-dose-pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine-certain-populations

August 23, 2021

Announcement by FDA approving first COVID-19 vaccine

https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-approves-first-covid-19-vaccineJoint 


August 18, 2021

Statement from HHS Public Health and Medical Experts on COVID-19 Booster Shots

https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2021/08/18/joint-statement-hhs-public-health-and-medical-experts-covid-19-booster-shots.html