The Bedford Board of Health is gearing up to encourage residents to get flu vaccinations this fall in anticipation of the upcoming flu season. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has mandated that all students, with some exceptions, be vaccinated by the end of the year. Click here to read the Department of Public Health press release.
When he announced the mandate, Governor Charlie Baker expressed his hope that widespread vaccinations will reduce the demands placed on health care systems that are also responding to Covid-19.
Though not yet ready to share details of Bedford’s Board of Health plans, Community Nurse Mark Waksmonski said details of the flu vaccine program should be available within the next week or ten days. He said the department expects to have a sufficient supply of doses, which are already on order.
Waksmonski stressed that everyone should get their shot whether it be from the Board of Health, a local pharmacy, or their health care provider. Long-term residents may regret the opportunity to line up at the JGMS and greet their neighbors while waiting for their jab. It would have been a welcome respite during a time of greater isolation.
Watch The Bedford Citizen for detailed information from the Board of Health.