Several lawmakers call for an end to companion vaccines
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – More than a dozen state lawmakers are calling on Governor Baker to remove the new policy allowing companions of the elderly to be vaccinated at mass vaccination sites.
The argument against this support policy is that it postpones critical vaccinations for vulnerable populations, such as people aged 65 and over, who are still waiting to be eligible.
Thirteen House Democrats wrote a letter to Governor Baker on Thursday asking him to end this new policy allowing younger residents to be vaccinated if they accompany an adult 75 years or older to a mass vaccination site. They said this new system does not address the persistent barriers that current eligible residents face in accessing larger vaccination sites and only benefits families with reliable access to a car and the ability to be away from home. job.
Springfield city councilors stressed that the Eastfield Mall site is simply not accessible to the elderly and other vulnerable populations.
“We want to make sure we don’t take the elderly and extend the duration of vaccination for people 75 years and older. It would be problematic. We have to make sure they have access to the vaccine which we haven’t done a good job of so far, ”said Justin Hurst, Springfield City Councilor.
State lawmakers who wrote to the governor said the new companion policy would result in up to half of the doses at mass vaccination sites now intended for healthy adults, rather than older residents and other vulnerable groups who are not yet eligible.