BOSTON (CBS) – A week ahead of his 100th day in office, President Joe Biden marked a major milestone in the fight against COVID-19.
“Today we hit 200 million shots… This is an American achievement, a powerful demonstration of unity and resolve,” the president said Wednesday.READ MORE: New Kids On The Block Reschedules Fenway Park Show With Bell Biv Devoe
President Biden also announced a tax credit, supporting employers who provide paid time off for their workers to get the vaccine.
Across the Commonwealth, 5.3 million doses have been administered, and more than two million Massachusetts neighbors are fully vaccinated. Now that everyone 16 and older is eligible for the vaccine, many local parents are using this school vacation week to protect their families.READ MORE: Somerville To Follow State's Reopening Timeline, End COVID Restrictions On May 29
“Patrick and I are the last two in the family to get vaccinated. We’re going to a first communion in a few weeks – Outside of course. It’s very small but it’ll be the first time we’re seeing the cousins in over a year… It’s a game changer, for sure,” said parent Judy Kelly.
It’s that kind of cautious behavior health experts are still strongly encouraging.
“It’s still with us. People are still getting sick. Hospitalizations have actually gone up a bit which is very concerning. We’re not out of the woods. We don’t want to throw our masks off and say whoopee,” said Dr. Robert Klugman of UMass Memorial Medical Center.MORE NEWS: Fidelity Creates Youth Account For Teens To Invest, Trade Stocks
To find out more about COVID vaccinations in Massachusetts and where you can get one visit mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine.