Joint Statement: SENATE CHAIR, VICE CHAIR OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON COVID-19 AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND MANAGEMENT CALL ON THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION TO DO MORE TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

“We stand firmly behind Senate President Karen Spilka’s call for an aggressive approach to mitigating the impact and spread of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant across Massachusetts, and wholeheartedly support her recommendations to meet the acute challenges of this time. We have listened to the experts and it is clear that the administration must do more now. This includes supporting our hospitals by significantly reducing the time it takes to license doctors, nurses and hospital personnel coming from other states to increase our workforce. It includes significantly increasing outreach efforts in all communities with low vaccination rates. This means empowering and resourcing trusted community voices to provide language-appropriate messaging and direct connections to residents and families to address questions and combat vaccine misinformation. We know these kinds of efforts increase vaccination rates. It is also essential that there be a consistent, thorough, and evidence-based process for all school systems to follow that keeps our children, teachers, and staff safe and in school. We also encourage the administration to make rapid testing easily available and affordable throughout the Commonwealth. And finally, we must join together to
ensure residents have stable and safe housing, which we know is a critical component in stopping the spread of COVID-19.”

Joanne M. Comerford (D-Northampton)
Senate Chair,
Joint Committee on COVID-19 and Emergency Preparedness and Management

Senate Chair,
Joint Committee on Public Health

Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington)
Senate Vice Chair,
Joint Committee on COVID-19 and Emergency Preparedness and Management

Senate Chair,
Joint Committee on Health Care Financing

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