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Vaccine, Massachusetts lth secretary confident in decision to enter next step of vaccine rollout

HERE. To ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT IT IS THE STATE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.. We REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR TIME. gtgt HOPE YOU ARE WELL. EMILY U.S. WELL.. Tomorrow MORNING WE ADD MORE PEOPLE TO THE POOL DEBT FOR APPOINTMENTS.. What MAKES YOU CONFIDENT THAT THIS CAN BE HANDLED gtgt? We SAY THAT WE WATCH THE DATA AND WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO BOOK APPOINTMENTS AND PUT UP ABOUT 77000 APPOINTMENTS TOMORROW.. We ARE CONSTRAINED BY SUPPLY AND HAVE MADE A NUMBER OF CHANGES TO OUR WEBSITE, MAKING IT EASIER FOR RESIDENTS TO FIND LOCATIONS CLOSER TO HOME.. The VACCINE SITE FINDER IS MUCH BETTER THAN WHEN WE ROLLED IT, OUT. EMILY. What ABOUT FOR CAREGIVERS, gtgt THATS FOR INDIVIDUALS? 75 YEARS AND OLDER ONLY AND IT HAS BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL AND WE HAVE BEEN PLEASED AS IT INCREASED THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE OVER AGE 75 WHO WERE VACCINATED.. It EXCEEDS THE NATIONAL AVERAGE OF 4 TO 7.. We FELT COMFORTABLE THAT WE COULD OPEN UP TO THE INDIVIDUALS WITH CERTAIN MEDICAL CONDITIONS. EMILY TALKING ABOUT COMORBIDITIES FOR A SECOND. How DID THE STATE CHOOSE WHICH CONDITIONS SHOULD GET PRIORITY? Gtgt MASSACHUSETTS TOOK A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT PATH IN PRIORITIZATION.. Unlike OTHER STATES, THERE WERE THREE OBJECTIVES.. One WAS TO PROTECT THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.. The SECOND WAS TO PRESERVE LIFE AND EQUITY.. We ADOPTED THE CDC GUIDELINES ON COMORBID CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH COVID 19.. We ADDED ONE MORE THAT WAS MODERATE AND SEVERE ASTHMA.. We KNOW THAT ASTHMA DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTS COMMUNITIES OF COLOR.

. These ARE THE CDC MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING CANCER, CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE, CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE, DOWNS SYNDROME, HEART CONDITIONS, PULMONARY ARTERY, DISEASE., OBESITY, SMOKING AND TYPE TWO DIABETES. AND IN THE COMPROMISED STATES ITS ORGAN TRANSPLANT. THATS. The LIST THAT WE ADAPTED., THEN WE ADDED ASTHMA, MODERATE AND SEVERE BECAUSE OF THE IMPACT THAT AD SUMMA HAS ON COMMUNITIES OF COLOR AND HAS BEEN DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTED., EMILY THE VARIANTS OF THE VIRUS. How QUICKLY ARE THEY SPREADING AND WHAT COULD HAPPEN TO THE ROLLOUT? If ONE BECOMES THE DOMINANT STRAIN gtgt, WE HAVE HAD 29 CONFIRMED VARIANCE IN MASSACHUSETTS, FOUR RELATED TO TRAVEL.. The REST ARE NOT.. The FIRST CASE WAS THE TECH THAT IN DECEMBER AND MASSACHUSETTS IT WAS JANUARY. The 17TH. THE VARIANT IS HERE., I GUESS WHAT WE WOULD SAY IS WE KNOW WHAT WORKS., WHAT WORKS IS THOSE VERY GOOD PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES THAT PEOPLE HAVE HEARD THE GOVERNOR AND OTHERS TALK? About. WEAR YOUR FACE: COVERING. STATE, IF STAY DISTANT FROM EACH OTHER.. If YOU ARE SICK, STAY HOME., IF YOU ARE WORRIED, GET TESTED., WE ALL NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE USE THOSE GOOD PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES..

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