K-12 teachers, child care workers, and school staff will be able to register for COVID-19 vaccinations at any of the 170 distribution locations within Massachusetts beginning on March 11.
The Boston College Microbiological Laboratory (BCML) processes the BC community’s COVID-19 tests. First certified in September, the lab now has the capacity to process 1,000 to 1,500 test samples daily, according to Welkin Johnson, chair of the biology department and head of the Johnson Lab.
Welkin Johnson, chair of the biology department and head of the Johnson Lab, said that while the University is currently not planning to enter into a lockdown, the administration monitors case numbers daily, as well as consults with leadership of other universities in the area, to ensure it is prepared to shut down if it becomes necessary or is mandated by the state.
Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller has urged the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to strengthen its oversight of Boston College in response to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases on campus.
Two COVID-19 vaccination sites—the TripAdvisor in Needham and the Boston Sports Club in Newton—are no longer scheduling appointments for the first dose of the vaccine due to the Commonwealth’s limited vaccine supply.
Boston College has reported 46 additional undergraduate cases of COVID-19 since Sunday out of 3,586 new tests, bringing last week’s total of undergraduate positives to 85—setting a record for largest number of cases in a single week—and this week’s total to 36 positive cases.
Boston College athletics paused men’s basketball, volleyball, and women’s soccer out of “an abundance of caution” due to COVID-19.
Under the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ COVID-19 vaccination rollout plan, some BC students are now eligible to receive vaccinations and have already begun getting vaccinated for COVID-19.
When staff at the Newton Senior Center learned that individuals over 75 would be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, they knew making appointments online and accessing transportation could be challenging for some.