by Jordan Mayblum
BROOKLINE — Interim Health Commissioner Pat Maloney announces that the Town of Brookline, with the support of the Select Board and Advisory Council on Public Health, will implement a vaccine requirement at a wide variety of businesses and venues beginning next weekend.
The regulation requires that proof of vaccination be provided by patrons for at all:
Visitors to these businesses and venues who are eligible to be vaccinated will ultimately be required to provide proof they've been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To view the full order, click here.
The regulation will take effect in phases, beginning with a soft rollout on Saturday, Jan. 15:
"This approach helps to protect our entire community as we approach the start of the third year of a pandemic that's touched all of our lives," Commissioner Maloney said. "I want to thank the Advisory Council on Public Health and the Select Board for their leadership on this issue.
"By implementing this regulation," Maloney added, "Brookline is doing its part to mitigate a continuing surge that is stretching our healthcare system to its limits, because vaccination is proven to severely limit the potential for hospitalization due to COVID-19."
The vaccine requirement does not affect public or private K-12 schools, childcare programs, senior centers, community centers or non-commercial municipal functions. It also does not apply to sites that are not open to the general public.
Visitors to covered businesses can provide proof of vaccination in a number of ways, including:
Yesterday, the Commonwealth announced a digital vaccine card, which individuals vaccinated in Massachusetts may obtain and save on their smartphones. To obtain yours, visit myvaxrecords.mass.gov and complete the form. A link to obtain the digital record will be texted or emailed to you within moments, based on your preference.
Those entering these establishments for a quick, limited purpose like using the restroom, placing or picking up a takeout order, making a delivery or performing necessary repairs will be exempted from this regulation. Additionally, public safety, public health and emergency services personnel will be exempted.
Brookline's indoor mask mandate remains in effect as well.
Getting vaccinated is free, safe and is the most effective way of preventing serious illness due to COVID-19. To find out where you can be vaccinated or obtain a booster dose, visit vaxfinder.mass.gov.
Jordan Mayblum | January 11, 2022 at 8:16 pm | Categories: COVID-19, News, vaccine | URL: https://brooklinecovid19.com/?p=1466
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