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Boston Herald

Boston Herald: Massachusetts coronavirus daily death count drops to lowest point in 380 days: ‘Vaccines work’

April 14, 2021 – "The most likely people to die of COVID-19 got vaccinated first, so that is what’s driving this primarily," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said of the decline in COVID deaths. "We should celebrate fewer deaths, but we shouldn’t relent until the deaths stop."

Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Halt in J&J shots deepens vaccination uncertainties at a critical time

April 13, 2021 – "This vaccine, because it’s a one-dose vaccine, was a really good way to reach the disabled and other vulnerable populations," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said. "A lot of the plan to reach those populations had J&J in the center of it."

Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Mass. notifies state providers to halt Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout

April 13, 2021 – "The commitment to patient safety must always come first," said MMS President Dr. David Rosman, calling the pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine administration "entirely appropriate."

State House News Service

State House News Service: FDA chief expects J&J pause to run 'a matter of days'

April 13, 2021 – "COVID-19 remains present and dangerous and vaccination continues to be an integral component in our quest to come out of the pandemic," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Coronavirus cases are rising among children and teens in Mass. Here’s a closer look at the numbers

April 9, 2021 – "Schools have done a really good job of keeping people safe, of reducing transmission," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said. "The tradeoff for schools is a tradeoff worth taking."

NBC Boston

NBC Boston: Spike in COVID-19 Cases Prompts New Preventative Measures at Emerson College

April 7, 2021 – "It's not because people are necessarily doing the wrong thing. It's because it's a non-vaccinated crowd and we're not through this yet," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

Eagle Tribune

Eagle-Tribune: Mass. health officials concerned about virus spike

April 5, 2021 – "When 80% of the population still hasn't been vaccinated, the vast majority remain vulnerable to COVID," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

Courthouse News

Courthouse News: New England’s COVID restrictions are easing up … but the virus isn’t

March 29, 2021 – "Everyone wants to believe that this is over, and nobody wants to hear it or say it or do it, but people need to hold off for two more months," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

Boston Herald

Boston Herald: Massachusetts coronavirus cases rising after declining for weeks. What’s causing this uptick?

March 22, 2021 – "Peoples’ inclination to gather and take off their masks is too early. If we just hold on for another month or two, then we can be entirely clear of this," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Public health experts support CDC guidance on vaccinated people

March 8, 2020 – "We must continue efforts to ensure that our most vulnerable and most likely to face severe illness, hospitalization and death… are able to receive vaccines efficiently and equitably from the health care provider and health care setting of their choosing," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

Boston Herald

Boston Herald: Coronavirus hospitalizations in Massachusetts plummet since start of vaccine rollout

March 7, 2021 – "Focusing on people 75-plus and getting them vaccinated early has been really important," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said. "It has definitely helped reduce the amount of cases and the hospitalization rate."

Eagle Tribune

Eagle-Tribune: Doctors want access to COVID-19 vaccines

March 3, 2020 – "Primary care physicians are the most trusted source of medical care, yet, paradoxically, most patients cannot get their vaccine through their primary care physician’s office," a coalition of groups, including the MMS, wrote to Gov. Charlie Baker.

Boston Business Journal

Boston Business Journal: Health care’s post-pandemic future: 'There has to be a better way’

February 26, 2021 – "During the time of COVID, inequity has increased," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said. "We don't get to despair about the lack of success, but realize we need to be more persistent... A lot of the work in the next legislative session can move things forward."

NBC Boston

NBC Boston: How some Mass. schools are prepping for a possible Feb. vacation COVID surge

February 22, 2021 – "What we want to make sure is coming back from school vacation isn’t the turning point where the numbers go back up," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Thousands of Mass. hospital workers have been sickened with COVID since the start of the pandemic

February 21, 2020 – "As front-liners, we can do everything right but still be exposed because we’re exposed at work, which we simply can’t avoid," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said. "Being in health care at this time has meant placing yourself at risk of COVID." Docs decry Massachusetts plan changing vaccination focus

February 13, 2021 – "People have a trusting relationship with their doctor, and when their doctor says, 'This is safe and as soon as my family is eligible I will get it for them,' then patients are more willing (to get vaccinated)," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.


WBUR: Hospitals fume as Governor shifts coronavirus vaccine strategy

February 12, 2021 – When vaccine supply increases and the state allows hospitals to resume booking new patients, the MMS will continue to urge Governor Baker to send vials to independent physician practices, not just hospital-based doctors. Mass. doctors declare racism a public health crisis, launch initiative to combat it

February 5, 2021 – "The Massachusetts Medical Society views health care as an inalienable human right, and for far too long injustice and racism in myriad forms has interfered with that right," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

Boston Herald

Boston Herald: Feds need to ramp up vaccine supply, says Massachusetts Medical Society president

February 3, 2021 – "The state is ready to give out shots," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said. "We need the federal government to step up with its supply."


WWLP: Nearly a year later, understanding the pandemic and vaccine distribution

January 28, 2021 – "We've got good science," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said. "My physician wife and I have both taken the vaccine and... we advise our friends, our colleagues, and I advise all of you, that I would do the same when given the opportunity."


WHDH: Mass. residents with compromised immune systems growing frustrated as they await word on COVID-19 vaccinations

January 22, 2021 – "We have had a deficiency in getting the vaccine from the federal government, getting enough doses out to the states, and getting enough resources to make sure that we can distribute as quickly as possible," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

Boston Herald

Boston Herald: Coronavirus vaccine: Hospitals throwing out extra doses is a ‘sin’

January 11, 2021 – "Although prioritization is appropriate and a good way to approach it, if a vaccine is about to be wasted, finding a willing arm is absolutely the right thing to do," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

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