The city of Boston stated on Friday that COVID-19 immunizations are no longer required for some indoor events, effective immediately.
Democrat Mayor Michelle Wu, said that the public health data shows that Boston is ready to further their steps in taking life back to normal. The announcement, she added, just shows how much onward movement we have been making to combat COVID-19. All of these are made possible by vaccines and boosters.
The decision was made after the city fell short of three benchmarks: a 4% community optimism rate, a 90.7 percent ICU bed occupancy rate, and a seven-day average of adult COVID-19 hospitalizations of 195.9 per day, according to the city.
Wu established the three standards in order to eliminate the B Together program’s vaccination requirements, which needed proof of immunization for indoor events and gatherings.
Since the pandemic began, the city has reported a total of 163,024 cases of COVID-19, with 1,686 deaths.
It also stated that 484,332 persons, or 71.3 percent of the city’s population, are fully vaccinated.
While immunizations are no longer required indoors, masks are still required and will be evaluated by the Boston Public Health Commission in the coming days, according to the city.
The city stated in the release that vaccination facilities delivering free immunizations to residents remain operating throughout the city at community centers, schools, and community health centers.