BOSTON(WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts is seeing an increase in the number of people under 30 years old contracting Covid-19.
The age group makes up nearly half of all active cases in the state -- or around 44 percent.
Officials are not surprised by the surge, given that the demographic is on the low priority list for vaccinations against the virus.
But even though the younger age group is at lower risk of being affected by Covid-19, they can still contract an asymptomatic infection and spread it to others who also haven’t been able to get vaccinated.
That's why Governor Baker is asking all residents -- especially those under 30 -- to continue practicing safety guidelines like wearing a mask while in public and practicing socially distancing.
Governor Baker announced earlier this month that any adult over the age of 16 will be able to access the Covid-19 vaccine in Phase 3 starting on April 19, 2021.
Individuals who are not yet eligible may still pre-register for a vaccine appointment ahead of their time to get the shot.
WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports.