WORCESTER, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker visited a vaccination site in Worcester and provided an update on the state’s response efforts on the COVID-19 vaccine Monday afternoon.
This week Massachusetts is on track to reach 2 million residents vaccinated. Governor Baker said Monday that he’s still concerned about different variants of the virus and he’s not ready to remove restrictions like the mask mandate or the time limit on indoor dining.
When the pandemic first hit the Commonwealth, Governor Baker put dozens of restrictions in place to help curb the spread of the virus. Case numbers are on the decline and our hospitalizations rate has hit an all time low but when Baker was asked to reconsider these restrictions, he said that’s a move he’s not ready to do just yet.
“Well, we follow the data pretty closely and as you all know the data tends to be a little unpredictable so I’m hesitant to give a date,” said Baker.
Baker said he would like to see some guidance from the federal government on how to lift some of the restrictions without causing a spike in cases. Even though half of the adults in Massachusetts have received their first shot, Baker wants to see the Commonwealth get closer to heard immunity before making any major changes.