Gov. Baker Defends Mass Vaccination Focus In Vaccine Rollout


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Gov. Charlie Baker answered questions from legislators about the state's COVID-19 vaccine rollout on Tuesday.

The governor testified before a joint COVID-19 committee in the state legislature for the second time.

The key question on many lawmakers' minds was why the state had pivoted toward a mass vaccination system instead of the pre-existing public health crisis system, which would have distributed vaccines through local boards of health.

"We just seem to have thrown the playbook out and decided on something completely different," said State Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington).

Gov. Baker defended the mass vaccination system by saying the COVID-19 pandemic was unlike previous crises the state had planned for.

"The cold storage issues, the two dose regimen, the really severe supply issues...were a lot different than what people had been expecting," he said.

The governor noted he was working with the state's congressional delegation to potentially set up another mass vaccination site.

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