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Baker: Vaccination Program Working

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BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker touted the number of vaccinations completed in the state after receiving his first dose of the  Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday.
 
"Over 4 million doses of vaccine had been administered here in the commonwealth and today we'll hit the milestone of having over one and a half million people who are fully vaccinated. We're making significant progress on vaccinating our residents," Baker said at his COVID-19 update at the mass vaccination site at the Hynes Convention Center. "We obviously have more work to do. But we're making significant progress on vaccinating a larger and larger share of our population, which will help us get closer to returning to normal."
 
The state has now administered at least one dose to 82 percent of residents age 75 and older and to 4 percent of Black residents and 16 percent of Hispanics, which the governor says leads the national average. More than 2.5 million have received a first dose.
 
The age group eligible for vaccinations has dropped to 55 and older and more qualifying health conditions have been added in line with the updated guidelines of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control. This adds about 1 million more residents to the eligibility list.
 
This week, the state received 444,930 first and second doses as part of the state allocation not including the 385,000 doses to federally supported pharmacy programs, health centers and community vaccination center, including at the Hynes. These numbers include a one-time shipment of 108,800 J&J vaccines.
 
First doses and second dose state allocations (total doses), were distributed among providers as follows:
  • Health systems and health care providers (excluding community health centers): 163,960
  • Regional Collaboratives and Local Boards of Health: 118,230
  • Mass vaccination locations: 115,890
  • Community Health Centers state allocation only: 31,350
  • Retail pharmacies (non-CVS) state allocation only: 4,500
  • Mobile Clinics supporting long-term care facilities, congregate care, affordable/low-income senior housing and homebound individuals: 10,000
Baker noted the number of infections in older people has dropped significantly but cautioned that hospitals are seeing rising cases of patients in their 30s, 40s and 50s. This is not the time for people to let down their guard, he said.
 
"This has been a year unlike any other and it's been filled with a tremendous amount of heartbreak and anxiety and lost opportunities and, and at the same time tremendous acts of kindness and grace," said Baker. "But I think for all of us, there's simply no question that the arrival in such a short period of time I'm a vaccine that works is a giant sigh of relief. And I have heard the same thing from friends of mine had been vaccinated. I heard it from my father who said that getting vaccinated was for him, it was the first signal the first sign that he might actually be able to hug his grandchildren."

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Tiny Town of Monroe Celebrates 200 Years

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MONROE, Mass. — The town celebrated its 200th anniversary with a special day of festivities on Sept. 17 this year. 
 
Visitors came from as far away as Connecticut, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont to help mark the occasion and share in the celebration.
 
The Franklin County town was named for President James Monroe and incorporated during his second term in 1822, years after it was first settled in the early 1800s. With 118 residents, it's the smallest town on the mainland and the second smallest in the state after Gosnold, population 70.
 
The day began with a prayer given by the Rev. Rick Gramlin of First Baptist Church in neighboring Readsboro, Vt.,  followed by the reading of town's Bicentennial Proclamation by Selectboard member Carla Davis.
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