Baker, other governors talk vaccine efforts with Biden


BOSTON (WWLP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker joined a group of governors that met with President Joe Biden on Tuesday to discuss ongoing efforts to vaccinate as many people as possible to continue the fight against COVID-19.

Governor Baker and Governor’s from Utah, Ohio, New Mexico Maine and Minnesota got the chance to speak directly with President Biden. During his turn to speak Baker highlighted the Commonwealth’s progress in vaccine distribution.

Currently Massachusetts is ranked number 2 in the nation in vaccination rates with 74% of the adult population having at least one shot.

“And we’ve managed to successfully vaccinate so far our Hispanic community, our Asian community, our Black community at rates that’s right up there with our White community as well,” said Baker.

With walk up appointments now available at five mass vaccination sites, Governor Baker is expecting the Commonwealth to surpass three million resident fully vaccinated this week.

He said the goal continues to be to have more than 4 million adults in the state fully vaccinated by the beginning of June. The state has a population of about 7 million.

During Tuesday’s call, President Biden pledged to make it easier for resident in all states to get to a vaccine site, that’s why Uber and Lyft will be offering free rides to an from vaccine locations.

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