Baker: Vaccines passed major test in Provincetown


A health worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 to inoculate a minor at a vaccination center in Asuncion, on July 23, 2021. – Paraguay started to inoculate children and teenagers from 12 to 17 years-old with underlying diseases. (Photo by NORBERTO DUARTE/AFP via Getty Images)

BOSTON (SHNS) – The recent COVID-19 outbreak in Provincetown that involved vaccinated people contracting the Delta variant was a major test for the vaccines that have proven effective in preventing death and serious illness from the coronavirus, Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday.

“I think in some respects, Provincetown was as big a test as you could possibly put a vaccine through,” Baker said. “The significant number of people who were there were vaccinated, it was an enormous crowd, a three-day rainy weekend in Provincetown where everybody talked about the fact that it was a lot of close quarters in restaurants and bars and households. And yet, in a cluster with more than 1,000 people, only seven people were hospitalized, and one person died, and the person who died had a lot of complexities. And I think in some respects, the vaccines have proven their effectiveness, and we should do everything we can to encourage people to get vaccinated.”

Thursday’s Department of Public Health report showed 4,406,542 in Massachusetts fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The three vaccines, from Moderna, Pfizer and Jonson & Johnson, are available under a emergency use authorizations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Baker said he’d “really like to see” the FDA grant the shots final approval. “I think there are a lot of organizations out there that are waiting for the federal government to take that final step, and I think it would make a big difference in how many of them think about the questions associated with vaccinations generally, and I think it would make a big difference to a lot of the people that we talk to with our door-knocking exercises and a lot of our community-based vaccine clinics,” he said during a visit to Cengage’s Seaport offices to tout apprenticeship and job training programs.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Only on | Digital First

More Digital First

Trending Stories

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases

Coronavirus News

More Coronavirus

Donate Today