"Hey, Marjo, did you see Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier's post? People 65+ can sign up for the vaccine starting tomorrow. I just texted my mother!"

GREAT NEWS!

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced on Wednesday that the vaccine rollout plan has moved to "step 2 of phase 2".

Individuals who are 65 years of age and older plus individuals who have two comorbidities, (underlying health issues), can book appointments starting on Thursday.

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Residents with two or more health conditions will also be eligible for shots starting Thursday. Those conditions include asthma, cancer, chronic kidney disease, obesity, smoking, Down Syndrome, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), heart conditions, immunocompromised state, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, among others.

COVID-19 cases are trending in the right direction and cases are the lowest since October across the commonwealth. We are not out of the woods, however, experts are still very concerned about the more infectious U.K. and South African variants.

Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci is imploring all Americans to get vaccinated as soon as they become eligible to prevent the introduction of new variants.

If the virus can't spread, new mutants cannot originate.

For more information visit getvaccinatedberkshires.org

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.