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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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
Chair, Board of Selectmen
Chair, Board of Health
|Representative John Rogers
Massachusetts State House, 12th Norfolk District
Senator Michael Rush
Massachusetts State Senate, Norfolk & Suffolk District
Bernie is the heart and soul of Norwood. He is everything we know and love about Norwood. While many of us will mourn the loss of a colleague and a dedicated public servant, I know I am among many mourning the loss of a beloved friend. Bernie and I had become such close friends, attached at the hip six days a week. From first thing in the morning to walking out to our cars together at night, the number of times we talked and saw each other throughout the day was probably over a hundred. Calls in the evening, early morning, every weekend and most holidays. During all of the storms, all of the meetings, the lunches with Tom (McQuaid), Bernie was always there. I'll miss his smile and his friendly attitude, his advice and his knowledge, but most of all, his good nature - Bernie simply was the absolute best a human being could be. Bernie has been my rock since coming to Norwood, and he was John Carroll's before that. When I spoke to John last night, he said his heart was completely broken; I think we all share in that immense broken-heartedness. We've lost a wonderful person, a dedicated employee, and I have lost a best friend. Bernie means the world to so many of us, and the coming days and months will be hard for all of us.
To Connie, Sam, Alisha, Josh, Amelia and Michael, we grieve with you in the loss of your husband and father. While a family always knows a person the best and closest, Bernie is such an important part of so many of our lives and has impacted so many people. We are grateful that you shared him with us and with Norwood. Our whole community shares in your sorrow, and we hope we can comfort and strengthen you during this difficult time.
As soon as we know of any arrangements or remembrances, we will pass them on.
Tony Mazzucco, General Manager
Bill Plasko, Chairman, Board of Selectmen