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Brookline implements COVID-19 vaccine mandate similar to Boston’s


THE NEWLY ACTIVATED MEMBERS BEGIN ROLLGIN OUT NEXT WEEK. A MARIA: IN THE LAST 24 HOURS SINCE THE STATE LAUNCHED A NEW VIRTUAL VACCINE CARD,E WHAVE GOTTEN QUESTIONS FROM SOME OF YOU WHO CANNOT FIND YOUR RECORDS OR FOUND ERRORS. ED: OUR BEN SIMMONEAU LOOKED INTO THIS AND IS HERE WITH SOME ANSWERS. BEN: THE QUESTIONS DEFINITELY FOLLOW A THEME. EITHER A VACCINE RECORD IS MISSING OR PEOPLE ARE FINDING THEIR RECORD HAS INCOMPLETE INFORMATION. LET’S START WITH THIS QUESONTI FROM JACK. HE WRITES I TRIED ACCESSING MY RECORD WITH EVERY EMAIL ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER I CAN THINK OF AND IT STILL TELLS ME THERE IS NO MAT. WHAT SHOULD I ?DO IF YOU WERE VACCINATED IN MASSHUSEACTTS, YOUR RECORDS SHOULD BE IN THE STATE’S DATABASE, SO IT’S POSSIB THERE’S A TYPO OR YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION WAS ENTERED INCORRECY.TL TO START, THE STATE SAYS YOU SHOULD REACH OUT TO ETH PROVIDER WHERE YOU GOT ETH VACCINE OR YOUR CURRENT DOCTOR. EITHER OF THEM CAN UPDATE ETH STATE’S DATABASE WITH YOUR CORRECT INFORMATION. IF THAT DOES NOT WORK, THERE’S AN ELECTRONIC FORM ON THE STATE’S WEBSITE TO ASK FOR AN INVESTIGATION BUT THAT WILL TAKE TI.ME HERE’S A QUESTION FROM LEONA, I HAVE TWO VACCINES AND A BOOSTER, BUT I GOT THE FIRST SHOT IN FLORIDA. WHY ISN’T IT ON MY RECORD? ONLY SHOTS ADMINISTERED IN MASSACHUSETTS WILL BE IN THE STATE DATABASE, SO YOU’LL HAVE TO ASK YOUPRR IMARY CARE DOCTOR HERE IN MASS TO UPDATE THE DATABASE FOROU Y THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO THAT WITH A COPY OF YOUR CDC VACCINATION CARD. SIMILAR QUESTION FROM JEY,RR WILL THIS NEW SYSTEM TAP INTO THE V.A. TO ACCESS MY RECOS?RD NO, IT WILL NOT. FEDERAL AGENCIES DON’T REPORT VACCINES TO THE STATE DATABASE. SO SAME ANSWER. YOU’LL HAVE TO ASK YOUR PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR HERE IN MASS TO UPDATE THE DATABASE FOR YOU. ONE OTHER NOTE. THIS RECORD WILL NOT UPDATE AUTOMATICALLY, SO IF YOU HAVEN’ DONE A BOOSTER YET YOU’LL HAVE , TO GIVE THAT TIME TO BE REPORTED TO THE STATE AND THEN DOWNLOAD YOUR RECORDS AGAIN WHICH WILL GIVE YOU A NEW QR CO. THE WEBSITE

Town of Brookline implements COVID-19 vaccine requirement similar to Boston’s

A Massachusetts town that is a suburb of Boston is following the city’s lead when it comes to requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for a variety of indoor businesses and venues.The town of Brookline is implementing a COVID-19 vaccine requirement that begins with a soft rollout on Saturday and takes full effect on Jan. 22.The Brookline mandate requires that proof of vaccination be provided by patrons of the following businesses and venues:Indoor entertainment, recreation and event venues — including movie theaters and performance spaces; party venues; museums and galleries; exhibition halls and other recreational centersFood service establishments, including indoor and outdoor seating areas. The regulation does not apply to food service establishments offering food or beverage exclusively for off-premises consumption, nor does it apply to charitable food service locationsAll commercial indoor gyms and fitness settingsStarting Saturday, Jan. 15, all patrons ages 12 and up will be required to present proof that they have received at least one dose in either a one-dose or multi-dose COVID-19 vaccination series. Violators of this policy will face fines of $300 per violation starting Jan. 22.On Feb. 22, all patrons 12 and up will be required to present proof of both doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.Patrons ages 5 to 11 will be required to present proof of at least one dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which is the only vaccine currently authorized for the age group, starting March 22. Those patrons will then be required to prove they received a second dose of that vaccine by May 1.Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced a similar proof of COVID-19 vaccination policy last month. Brookline borders six of Boston’s neighborhoods: Brighton, Allston, Fenway–Kenmore, Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury.”By implementing this regulation, Brookline is doing its part to mitigate a continuing surge that is stretching our health care system to its limits, because vaccination is proven to severely limit the potential for hospitalization due to COVID-19,” Brookline Interim Health Commissioner Pat Maloney said in a statement.Brookline’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement does not affect public or private K-12 schools, child care programs, senior centers, community centers or noncommercial municipal functions. It also does not apply to sites that are not open to the general public.Those entering the indoor establishments covered under the Brookline mandate for a quick, limited purpose — such as using the restroom, placing or picking up a takeout order, making a delivery or…



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