EVERETT, Mass. (WWLP) – Many school districts are just days away from the start of the new school year and to help students and staff get vaccinated before they return, more than 100 pop-up vaccine clinics are being set up right on school grounds.
Governor Baker was in Everett on Monday where he visited with public school officials to discuss the rollout of his new plan.
The Governor didn’t specify exactly where the pop-up clinics would be located but he said they would be spread out across the state and they would be in areas with low vaccination rates.
“It’s going to be up to us to make sure that everybody who’s eligible to get vaccinated can get vaccinated so that everybody can have a school year that’s a lot different than the one they had last year,” Baker said.
Right now Massachusetts is a national leader in youth vaccinations, more than 65 percent of students ages 12-18 are fully vaccinated and vaccination rates among the school staff are even higher than that.
Last week state leaders mandated masks at all public K-12 schools in the state. Districts are allowed to lift their mask mandate once 80 percent of students and staff are fully vaccinated after October 1.