As both Massachusetts and the U.S. as a whole grapple with record new cases and hospitalizations in the latest surge of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no surprise that each announcement about a coming vaccine has been greeted with high interest — but also in some cases consternation and confusion, as questions about the rollout continue to mount.
Gov. Charlie Baker and his team have been working to finalize vaccination plans here in Massachusetts, using the CDC’s recommendations as to who should get the vaccine first. Eventually it will have to get to everyone, though, a feat Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin said could be achieved through a “National Vaccination Day.”
Meanwhile, officials are trying to prepare the public for possible — normal, but potentially annoying — side effects from the vaccine, and allay fears that could discourage some people from getting it. Experts like Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University, have been working overtime to answer questions from concerned citizens, but a look at any news site comments section shows that concerns continue to percolate.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) December 3, 2020
Given that a large percentage of the population has to receive the vaccine in order for it to be effective, doctors and officials have cited public trust as key to the operation. With that in mind, we want to know: Will you be getting the vaccine as soon as it’s offered? What about your kids? What are your concerns and questions? Let us know, and we’ll share your opinions — and maybe even some answers to your questions — in a Boston.com article next week.
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