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Baker: Children ages 12 to 15 will be able to get vaccinated

May. 12, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Children ages 12 through 15 will be able to start receiving Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shots in Massachusetts as soon as Thursday, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday. The state will begin delivering shots into the arms of the 400,000 Massachusetts residents...

Opioid-related overdose deaths soar among Black residents

May. 12, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — While there was a slight increase in the overall number of confirmed and suspected opioid-related drug overdose deaths in Massachusetts in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, overdose deaths among Black men soared by almost 70%, state health officials said Wednesday. ...

Mass. health boards overwhelmed, unready to protect workers

May. 12, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — With federal regulators missing from the field and state leaders scrambling to manage the COVID-19 crisis, Massachusetts’ 351 overtaxed local boards of health were unwittingly thrust into a new role last year — overseers of workplace safety. The...

Baker touts vaccine rollout, activists say more work needed

May. 11, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker praised the state’s COVID-19 vaccine push during a meeting Tuesday with other governors and President Joe Biden, saying the state’s “mixed model” of vaccine distribution helped ensure a broad base of Massachusetts residents received shots. ...

Biden announces Uber, Lyft rides amid July 4 vaccine push

May. 11, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is highlighting new efforts to encourage Americans to get COVID-19 shots, including free rides to and from vaccination sites from ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft, as the pace of shots nationally declines and he looks to meet his July Fourth...

Massachusetts Senate unveils $47.6B state budget proposal

May. 11, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Senate leaders on Tuesday unveiled their version of the state budget for the 2022 fiscal year that begins July 1 — a spending plan they say will help the state emerge stronger and fairer from the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic Senate...

Baker, other governors to talk vaccine efforts with Biden

May. 10, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to join a group of governors to meet with President Joe Biden on Tuesday to discuss ongoing efforts to vaccinate as many people as possible to continue the fight against COVID-19. “It’s basically to talk...

Big venues set to expand capacity as state eases limits

May. 09, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Large event venues including TD Garden, Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium will be allowed to double their current capacities starting on Monday, and amusement parks will be permitted to reopen at half capacity as the state relaxes its COVID-19 restrictions. ...

NFL star Rob Gronkowski gives $1.2M to renovate playground

May. 08, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — An aging playground in Boston will be getting a major upgrade through a $1.2 million donation from NFL star Rob Gronkowski. The former New England Patriot returned to Boston on Friday to deliver a check for the renovation of the Charlesbank Playground on...

Pandemic rules to loosen at amusement parks, road races

May. 07, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Fans of amusement parks and road races in Massachusetts are among those who can begin enjoying loosened pandemic restrictions starting Monday. Under the relaxed restrictions, amusement parks, theme parks and outdoor water parks will be permitted to operate...