Boston College will recommend but not require that community members receive a second COVID-19 booster shot for the 2022–2023 academic year, according to an email sent on Tuesday.
Despite a rise in new COVID-19 cases in Newton, new hospitalizations and deaths remain lower than during previous surges.
“The bottom line from Newton Health and Human Services Commissioner Linda Walsh is, ‘We’re in a time of cautious optimism,’” Fuller wrote. “She notes that we’ll be living with COVID-19 for months and months to come. We’ve shifted to all of us taking personal responsibility and staying home if we’re not feeling well.”
“I think Newton’s done a great job,” she said. “I think the mayor’s done a great job of communication of information.”
For the third week in a row, the city reported no COVID-19 deaths. The city reported only 111 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Some citizens voiced objections, including a parent with an immunocompromised child, among others.
Boston College ended its asymptomatic surveillance testing program for fully vaccinated individuals on Monday, according to an email sent to the BC community.
Boston College reported 351 undergraduate cases of COVID-19 out of 7,078 tests conducted last week—a positivity rate of five percent—according to the BC Forward website.
Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller and Newton Health and Human Services Commissioner Linda Walsh announced the removal of the indoor mask mandate for public spaces effective at the end of the day on Feb. 18, according to an email update from Fuller on Feb. 11.