Massachusetts planning how to distribute COVD-19 vaccines

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is well into planning how to distribute COVD-19 vaccines when they begin arriving in the state, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday.

The state’s public health system already has an existing infrastructure that allows it to process and distribute million of vaccines including annual flu shots Baker said.

Massachusetts is launching a public awareness campaign in several languages aimed at encouraging residents to remain vigilant against the coronavirus as the state battles a surge.

On Monday, the Mass. Department of Public Health reported 1,785 newly confirmed infections and 18 additional deaths. Health officials estimate the state has more than 40,000 active cases.

Full breakdown of today’s COVID-19 data (Mass.gov) »

Also, long-term care facilities can begin using rapid 15-minute tests to screen individuals entering the facilities who are not regular staffers, including visitors.

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