On Monday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced an update to Phase Two of the state's COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan, which added a mass vaccine site in Danvers, which will be open starting Wednesday, February 3.
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I wanted to share a letter I wrote this week to Gov. Charlie Baker. We’ve got a lot to be proud of when it comes with living through the pandemic, and a lot of people have sacrificed a lot to remain safe. But as a nurse, when it comes to rolling out the vaccine, we can do better.
Last September, Senator Bruce Tarr presented certificates from the State House to 91-year-old Manchester-by-the-Sea resident Shirley Wilkinson for her service in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II. Nine months later, last week, a bill sponsored by Tarr and signed into law by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker proclaimed July 1 of every year as “US Cadet Nurse Corps Day.” The bill will also grant permission for American flags and plaques to be installed at gravesites of these women to honor their service during wartime.
Two weeks ago, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Essex each declared states of emergency and closed public access to parks and beaches as a public safety measure against the spread of COVID-19. By April 6, with 13,837 cases of COVID-19 reported in Massachusetts with 1,653 of them in Essex County, Manchester has tucked into a new routine to remain safe.