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Time

Time: Vermont Offered the U.S. a Textbook for Reopening Schools Safely. Why Is It Throwing Out the Lesson Plan?

August 25, 2021 – " Massachusetts Gov. Baker rejected calls from the Massachusetts Medical Society, Teachers’ Unions, and others for universal masking mandates in schools, leaving the onus of public health decision making on the state’s 404 individual school boards.

To read the full Time story, click here.


WWLP

WWLP: Healthcare workers in MA push for school mask mandates

August 23, 2021 – "Masking is one of the mitigation strategies that we can use to reduce risk and keep kids in school where they need to be," said MMS President Dr. Carole Allen.

To watch the full WWLP segment, click here.


MetroWest Daily News

MetroWest Daily News: In the end, a mandate was the way to go for Baker

August 22, 2021 – MMS President Dr. Carole Allen and Massachusetts Academy of Family Pediatricians President Dr. Julie Johnston were among those calling for universal masking in schools as the governors of Connecticut and Rhode Island this week took similar steps. On Friday, Baker relented.

To read the full Daily News story, click here.


State House News Service

State House News Service: In shift, Baker Administration seeks school mask mandate

August 20, 2021 – The state's education commissioner is seeking authority to mandate that students ages 5 and up, staff and educators in public K-12 schools wear masks indoors through Oct. 1. The MMS has been among the groups recommending universal masking in schools.

To read the full State House News Service story, click here.


 CommonWealth Magazine

CommonWealth Magazine: Poll shows strong support for school mask mandate

August 19, 2021 – The presidents of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians released a joint statement urging Baker to order mask wearing by anyone going into a Massachusetts school this fall.

To read the full CommonWealth Magazine story, click here.


Boston.com

Boston.com: Mass. Medical Society and Academy of Family Physicians call on Charlie Baker to require masks in schools

August 18, 2021 – In a joint statement Tuesday, the MMS and Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians said they "strongly recommend" that Baker require masks indoors for anyone learning in, working in, or visiting schools — regardless of an individual’s vaccination status.

To read the full Boston.com story, click here.


NBC Boston

NBC Boston: Gov. Baker facing more pressure to mandate masks in schools

August 18, 2021 – "It is imperative that Massachusetts teachers, staff, students and visitors start this school year with uniform masking requirements to protect them and those with whom they live and interact outside of the academic setting," said MMS President Dr. Carole Allen and Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians President Dr. Julie Johnston.

To read the full NBC Boston story, click here.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: MMS calls for Baker to require masks in schools

August 17, 2021 – Dr. Carole Allen, President of the MMS, and Dr. Julie Johnston, President of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians, issued a statement Tuesday urging Gov. Baker to require "all who learn in, work in, or visit schools" to wear masks while citing concerns about the spread of the highly-contagious Delta variant.

To read the full Boston Globe article, click here.


State House News Service

State House News Service: Two medical groups call for statewide school mask mandate

August 17, 2021 – MMS President Dr. Carole Allen and Massachusetts Academy of Family Pediatricians President Dr. Julie Johnston described mask-wearing as "a public health measure proven to reduce the transmission of COVID-19."

To read the full State House News Service story, click here.


Worcester Business Journal

Worcester Business Journal: UMass Medical School joins other Mass. medical schools to dismantle racism in medicine

August 10, 2021 – "It is mission critical for the Medical Society, the DPH, and our state’s medical schools to lead in supporting the next generation of physicians and their patients," MMS President Dr. Carole Allen said.

To read the full Worcester Business Journal story, click here.


Salem News

Salem News: Young adults driving surge

August 9, 2021 – "The vaccine works and it's imperative to get it to everyone who is eligible to receive it," MMS President Dr. Carole Allen said.

To read the full Salem News story, click here.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Mass. issues updated mask guidance; Baker calls on FDA to give vaccines full approval

July 30, 2021 – The physicians of the MMS "strongly recommend," that people wear masks in indoor, public places, regardless of vaccination status, MMS President Dr. Carole Allen said in a statement.

To read the full Boston Globe article, click here.


WBUR

WBUR: A Mass. public health expert on the state’s rising COVID cases

July 22, 2021 – "I would advise anybody who hasn’t been vaccinated to do so," MMS President Dr. Carole Allen said. "The percentage of breakthrough cases compared to cases in unvaccinated people is very low and those cases tend to be milder."

To read the full WBUR story, click here.


Boston Herald

Boston Herald: Top Massachusetts doctor concerned about ‘exponential’ coronavirus growth that previously led to shutdowns

July 21, 2021 – "If numbers start to be concerning we are able to quickly pivot to measures we have implemented in the past," MMS President Dr. Carole Allen said.

To read the full Boston Herald story, click here.


NBC Boston

NBC Boston: Is surging COVID a real worry? Why Mass. doctors are concerned, not alarmed

July 16, 2021 – "A lot of it depends on whether you've been vaccinated, whether you're going to be in a place that has big crowds or if you're just going to be out in the countryside. You want to look at what the risks are for you and your family," MMS President Dr. Carole Allen said.

To read the full NBC Boston story, click here.


MedPage Today

MedPage Today: Is surging COVID a real worry? Why Mass. doctors are concerned, not alarmed

July 14, 2021 – "The overwhelming majority of people who are suffering from addiction do not have an avenue of care where they can turn," said Dr. Jim Baker, immediate past chair of the MMS Committee on Mental Health and Substance Use.

To read the full MedPage Today story, click here.


WBUR

WBUR: Vaccine bills spark intense debate about medical exemptions and student mandates

July 13, 2021 – The MMS "strongly supports" eliminating the religious exemption and backs "certain provisions" of the community immunity bill "that would improve the remainder of the vaccine system by centralizing, standardizing, and streamlining the medical exemption process while improving the collection, monitoring, and publication of immunization data."

To read the full WBUR story, click here.


Eagle Tribune

Eagle-Tribune: Tighter rules sought for childhood vaccines

July 13, 2021 – The Massachusetts Medical Society in 2019 adopted a policy opposing vaccine exemptions for school-age children for non-medical reasons.

To read the full Eagle-Tribune story, click here.


State House News Service

State House News Service: Massachusetts lawmakers hear avalanche of public comments on proposed COVID-19 bills

July 13, 2021 – "Just as we have seen with the COVID pandemic, the health of communities of color and low-income populations continues to be disproportionately threatened by these diseases," said MMS President Dr. Carole Allen.

To read the full State House News Service story, click here.


NBC Boston

NBC Boston: Swimming ban coming down at Walden Pond

July 7, 2021 – "Parents and guardians should never leave children unsupervised in any depth of water, even if the child is a competent swimmer or there is a lifeguard on duty," MMS President Dr. Carole Allen said.

To read the full NBC Boston story, click here.


Discover Magazine

Discover Magazine: Are Cooking Fumes Bad for Your Health?

July 7, 2021 – The Massachusetts Medical Society passed a resolution in 2019 to recognize the link between gas stoves and pediatric asthma.

To read the full Discover Magazine story, click here.


 CommonWealth Magazine

CommonWealth Magazine: Plan pitched to lower consumer health care costs

June 29, 2021 – "By reducing barriers to high value services such as care of chronic conditions, these bills promise to reduce health care costs, not to mention saving lives down the road," MMS President Dr. Carole Allen said.

To read the full CommonWealth Magazine story, click here.


State House News Service

State House News Service: Top Mass docs respond to rare heart inflammation

June 26, 2021 – "Although instances of heart inflammation are incredibly rare... the issue warranted and received rigorous scientific study," said MMS President Dr. Carole Allen and Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics President Dr. Lloyd Fisher.

To read the full State House News Service story, click here.


Boston Herald

Boston Herald: Coronavirus vaccine’s heart-related ‘incredibly rare’ side effects

June 24, 2021 – "After review of the latest information available, it was clear that the benefits of vaccination in this age group far outweigh the small risk of this very rare side effect," the presidents of the MMS and Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics said.

To read the full Boston Herald story, click here.


Boston Herald

Boston Herald: Massachusetts hits vaccination goal of 4.1 million fully vaccinated

June 22, 2021 – The MMS and the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics on Tuesday pushed for children to get vaccinated in time for next school year.

To read the full Boston Herald story, click here.


Salem News

Salem News: More money sought for local health boards

June 14, 2021 – "Health boards at the local level understand the needs of their own community, and that’s especially true in minority and underserved communities," MMS President Dr. Carole Allen said.

To read the full Salem News story, click here.


Boston Herald

Boston Herald: National nurses union slams CDC no-mask guidance, calls for it to be revised

May 19, 2021 – The MMS passed policy that states it endorses "the use of masks for all those wishing to reduce the risk of respiratory tract infection... whenever respiratory infections are known to be circulating when people are in close contact and indoors."

To read the full Boston Herald story, click here.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Mass. to lift remaining COVID-19 restrictions, relax mask guidance on May 29

May 17, 2021 – MMS President Dr. Carole Allen urged people who are not vaccinated to keep masking up, and for people who are to "recognize that because of access challenges or hesitancy, many in the Commonwealth have yet to be vaccinated."

To read the full Boston Globe article, click here.


Boston Herald

Boston Herald: Massachusetts to lift coronavirus restrictions on businesses May 29, end state of emergency June 15

May 17, 2021 – MMS President Dr. Carole Allen said the new mask guidelines are "consistent" with the Baker administration’s "data-guided approach" but warned "access challenges or hesitancy" have prevented many from being vaccinated.

To read the full Boston Herald story, click here.


Wicked Local

Wicked Local: Norwell doctor wins Massachusetts Medical Society award

May 14, 2021 – Dr. Ronald W. Dunlap, a Norwell resident, was recently honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its 2021 Award for Distinguished Service.

To read the full Wicked Local article, click here.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: Baker has resisted setting separate rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated Mass. residents. New CDC guidelines may test that

May 14, 2021 – Despite the statewide decline in COVID-19 cases, certain communities may still be at high risk and need to continue requiring masks, MMS President Dr. Carole Allen said.

To read the full Boston Globe article, click here.


Wicked Local

Wicked Local: Barbara Spivak honored by Massachusetts Medical Society

May 14, 2021 – Dr. Barbara Spivak, a Newton resident and president and board chair of Mt. Auburn Cambridge Independent Practice Association, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2021 recipient of the society’s Special Award for Excellence in Medical Service.

To read the full Wicked Local article, click here.


 WCVB

WCVB: Walmart offers walk-up COVID-19 vaccines at 48 pharmacies in Massachusetts

May 4, 2021 – "Doctors know their patients," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said. "We know why different people are unable to get those vaccines and we're a trusted voice, probably the most trusted voice, when it comes to the health of our patients."

To watch the full WCVB segment, click here.


Boston.com

Boston.com: Massachusetts is ramping down its mass vaccination sites as rollout enters new phase

May 3, 2021 – MMS President Dr. David Rosman said in a statement that distribution of doses to primary care providers will "allow for urgent and personalized outreach," particularly to vulnerable patients who "still face grave danger if they contract the virus."

To read the full Boston.com story, click here.


 WBZ

CBS Boston: State to start shutting down some mass vaccination sites

May 3, 2021 – "If (someone's) doctor turns to them and says, I got the shot, my family got the shot, my children got the shot, we think you should, and we know that it's safe... we think that will really help to get us to herd immunity," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said.

To watch the full CBS Boston segment, click here.


Boston Globe

Boston Globe: After all those eager for vaccination get their shots, how to reach the rest? Primary care doctors say they’re the answer

April 29, 2021 – "(Vaccinating) the first 40 to 60 percent, despite the hard work it took, was really the easy part," MMS President Dr. David Rosman said. "We’re at a really good time to make the shift to a more personalized approach."

To read the full Boston Globe article, click here.


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