Press Release - Municipal Vaccine Distribution

To all Norwood residents,

We are dismayed at the Governor's decision to remove local health departments from being able to administer first doses of vaccine after March 1st. Many of the residents who have and would continue to attend our local clinic are frail elderly, individuals with mobility challenges, disabilities, transportation, and other health or logistical issues. These clinics are critical for our most vulnerable populations. This decision by the Governor is detrimental to our community and public health in general. It's important to note also that local, state, and federal officials have developed plans, trained, and spent millions of tax dollars on mass vaccination scenarios. The Governor is choosing to not follow established practices regarding mass vaccinations.  

We have spoken with our state delegation, and Representative Rogers and Senator Rush are in full support of the Town of Norwood and cities and towns throughout the commonwealth that the Governor must reverse his decision and allow cities and towns to continue their local vaccination clinics. 

We are asking that you contact state officials and let them know-loud and clear-that the decision to remove municipalities from vaccination is dangerous to public health, a threat to our most vulnerable population, and detrimental to a full and equitable recovery from the pandemic.

Please contact the following state officials:

Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito via their constituent services contact form located at https://www.mass.gov/forms/email-the-governors-office or email their chief of staff directly at kristen.lepore@state.ma.us

Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health and Human Services via Amanda.R.Sachs@mass.gov (Ms. Sachs is the executive assistant to the secretary) or try the direct email at marylou.sudders@state.ma.us (cabinet officials do not usually respond or receive bulk emails)

You can also call the Governor's constituent services line at  (617) 725-4005.

Finally, Feel free to share this message on social media and tag the Governor and Lieutenant Governor and ask them to return vaccination capacity to cities and towns.

 

Thank you,

Bill Plasko
Chair, Board of Selectmen

Kathy Bishop
Chair, Board of Health

Representative John Rogers
Massachusetts State House, 12th Norfolk District 

Senator Michael Rush
Massachusetts State Senate, Norfolk & Suffolk District

Tony Mazzucco
General Manager
Sigalle Reiss
Health Director