Massachusetts Medical Society: Massachusetts Medical Society on update to state mask guidance

Massachusetts Medical Society on update to state mask guidance

The update to the state’s mask guidelines is consistent with the administration’s thoughtful and data-guided approach to reopening, and the positive trend in key COVID-19 metrics which drove this action underscores the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

While data confirm that those who are vaccinated have a high level of immunity and present a low risk of infecting others if they do become infected, it is critical to recognize that because of access challenges or hesitancy, many in the Commonwealth have yet to be vaccinated. That can be especially dangerous for those who live and work in locations where they have frequent close contact with others.

Importantly, despite improving public health data, we cannot relent in our efforts to vaccinate those in underserved communities which have seen and continue to see a disproportionate level of transmission and severe illness.

Those who have yet to be vaccinated should continue to wear masks outside of the home, especially in instances where physical distancing is not possible. We encourage all who are eligible to get a vaccine and those who have questions or concerns about the guideline changes to speak with their physician or health care provider.

-Carole E. Allen, MD, MBA, FAAP, President, Massachusetts Medical Society

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