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There are 10 comments on History Made as BU Gives First COVID-19 Vaccines

  1. A huge thank you all of the departments and people who came together and made this day possible and captured this amazing moment.

  2. While I am proud of BU’s efforts to protect its own faculty, staff, and students, I feel that BU owes it to the Boston community to share its abundance and prioritize also offering vaccines to faculty and staff at other Boston area universities and colleges or even others in need, before or simultaneously with offering vaccines to its 34,000 students. It is well documented that less well organized employers are unable to offer such well-orchestrated care. This is particularly true of employers of many minorities. Yes, It will require more effort and staffing. Outside funding should be available for that so that it does not hurt BU’s finances..

    Existing vaccine sites already functioning are open to the general public if they satisfy the state’s Phase 1 criteria, not just the employees of one firm. BU could honor that same commitment in its efforts to vaccinate.

    What a wonderful signal to the city of BU’s commitment to being an ANTIRACIST, caring community.

    1. Thank you for your comment. The state has authorized BU to vaccinate only its faculty, staff and students, and therefore limits the amount of vaccine that the University gets accordingly?

      1. The state cannot approve something that is not requested of it. I doubt that BU ever asked to allow any other individuals to be vaccinated on campus. Perhaps you could for Phase 2 and 3.

        This Emerson College site indicates that Tufts Medical Center is providing COVID vaccines to its faculty, staff, and students, suggesting that the State of Massachusetts WILL consider requests to serve employees form other employers.

        “Tufts Medical Center (TMC), Emerson’s COVID testing site partner, has included the Emerson community in their vaccination clinic planning and is prepared to administer the vaccine to staff, faculty and students according to the Massachusetts Vaccination Plan below.”


  3. There seem to be a disproportionate number of white folx featured getting vaccinated in these shots – I’m curious, do we know if there are racial disparities with vaccine distribution already, especially in the BU community? Would love to read an article on that!

  4. In Phase 2 the state will extend vaccination to people with 2 comorbidities as defined by the CDC. Many current faculty members are in that category and will be unable to teach or worse if infected. If BU will be able to continue vaccination, what proof will be required for the comorbidities? The CDC definitions are broad and not very clear. I think the state will also face this problem, which may further delay vaccination in Mass relative to other states that vaccinate all 65+.

  5. It’s always great to see folks getting vaccinated but these pictures sadden me as well. It is frustrating to watch young people, and folks who don’t seem to have a lot of people contact, getting shots before seniors. My parents are in their 80’s and live in RI. They are being told they won’t get their first shot until Feb. or March. The way folks are chosen to get their vaccine, both in general and in this article, is very confusing to me and does not seem consistent with what the CDC and state health departments are saying.

  6. I commend anyone who tries to avoid the problems attached to covid. As a graduate of BU many years ago, I respect BU’s approach. I too had difficulty obtaining a vaccine and I am past 80. I do recommend the country, central government if needs must, to organize and disperse the shots as a group.

    I live in RI now. RI is not doing an adequate job of dispensing the virus. The state is trying to catch up. The political aspect has too much influence. The health leaders have no experience in making intelligent, broad-based decisions. Thus there must be leadership from a federal agency–much as Americans do not care for this approach.

    I do hope at some point our society realizes the tragedy of a pandemic.

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