Bostonians React To City's Vaccine Mandate Being Lifted

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – On Friday, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced the city’s indoor vaccine mandate would be lifted effective immediately.

The decision comes as the city reached certain metrics that made Wu feel confident about lifting the mandate, like Boston reaching a 4.0% percent community positivity rate.

Some people like Liam and Jackie were hopping around town the day after the mandate was lifted, but wonder if it was even worth putting in place at all.  

“It’s just a matter of, like, flashing your phone at them,” Jackie said. "I don’t know how much they’re really paying attention to what you’re even showing them.”

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The duo was also curious if the decision to lift the mandate was medically or politically inspired.

“Mayor Wu definitely gets a lot of hate. Obviously, she’s just trying her best. It’s a very difficult situation to navigate,” Liam said. “But I think we’re both on the same page [about] getting back to normal whatever that takes.”

“It’s definitely a lot of miscommunications,” Jackie added. “I think she got a really bad rep when she came out with the vaccine mandate, so I don’t know if that’s her kind of backing up.”

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Chris from Bridgewater, who was in Boston Saturday with a friend visiting from South Carolina, felt indifferent about the change.

“It didn’t impact me at all,” he said. “It didn’t matter to me because I’ve been vaccinated, boosted and wear a mask so, no concern.”

Boston’s indoor mask mandate is still in place until otherwise determined by the Boston Public Health Commission and the Board of Health.

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