In full transparency, the following is a press release from the Allen campaign for Governor.
CAMBRIDGE – With public schools across Massachusetts now open for in-person learning, and COVID cases spiking, it is time for Governor Baker and the state legislature to include a COVID vaccine requirement for ages 12 and above in the state’s public school vaccination requirements. As they do so, state leaders must also begin preparing for full-scale implementation of pediatric COVID vaccines.
“It is now time for the Commonwealth to incorporate COVID vaccination requirements for students into our existing state laws for school vaccination,” said Gubernatorial Candidate Danielle Allen. “Establishing COVID vaccination requirements for our children 12 and up will not only help fortify our schools against potential COVID disruptions, but also help address the fear and uncertainty of hundreds of thousands of students, parents, and educational staff as we continue to navigate this pandemic.”
Allen spearheaded a multi-disciplinary, cross-sector COVID response team that led to the Biden-Harris Pandemic Testing Board, an interstate compact to build out COVID testing resources, and Covid Collaborative guidance on infection prevention and control in K-12 settings that has been disseminated nationally, including through the US Dept of Education. She worked with the Cambridge Public School District throughout the 2020-21 school year to achieve a successful return to healthy and safe in-person teaching and learning.
In August, Allen called on Baker and DESE to develop and implement a system of COVID alerts and advisories, similar to weather advisories, to communicate the levels of risk operative in the state, our communities, and our schools as those levels rise and fall over time, which would then trigger safety protocols in schools, such as mask mandates. Additionally, Allen is also advocating for an expansion in school-based infection prevention and control teams and school-based vaccination clinics across the Commonwealth utilizing American Rescue Plan funding.