With new virus variant confirmed in Massachusetts, work through June will focus on reaching youth and disproportionately impacted communities
June 15, 2021 — Today the North Shore Coalition for a Safe Summer announced 157,941 residents across its 10 participating communities have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The number represents 61 percent of the total population. Sixty-eight percent of all residents have received at least a first dose of the vaccine.
Launched in late April and spearheaded by public health leaders, the North Shore Coalition for a Safe Summer has worked to drive widespread vaccination among residents, business owners and employees, and support a full, safe and uninterrupted reopening for local economies. Participating communities include Beverly, Danvers, Gloucester, Hamilton, Marblehead, Nahant, Newburyport, Peabody, Salem and Swampscott. At the time of the Coalition’s launch, 37 percent of residents had been fully vaccinated.
“The incredible progress we’ve made on vaccination over the last seven weeks is a testament to our residents, our local public health teams and municipal leaders, and the Commonwealth’s leadership to ensure that Massachusetts is among the most highly-vaccinated states in the country,” said Sharon Cameron, public health director for the City of Peabody. “As we get closer to 70 percent of residents fully vaccinated across our communities, we can certainly look forward to a safe and healthy summer on the North Shore. We have to continue to build on this momentum and focus our outreach on those residents who may still be hesitant to be vaccinated.”
Over the next several weeks, public health leaders will focus on reaching populations disproportionately impacted by the pandemic with convenient and accessible mobile vaccination options and educational resources, including through partnerships with North Shore Medical Center and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Several communities, including Beverly, Gloucester, Peabody, Swampscott and Salem, have also offered vaccination on-site at middle and high schools. On Saturday at Obear Park in Beverly, volunteer physicians and nurses with the Medical Reserve Corps will join the Coalition at the North Shore Teen Mental Health Day to provide teens and parents with information on vaccination.
“We all have a role to play in protecting our communities and bringing an end to this pandemic,” said Dave Greenbaum, Health Agent for the City of Salem. “The COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. continue to show they are safe and highly effective at protecting people against the virus, including new and more contagious variants. We’re encouraging residents who have not yet been vaccinated to do so as soon as they’re able, and continue to identify new ways to make that choice as easy and convenient as possible.”
Coalition municipal vaccination data, as of June 10, 2021:
- City of Beverly: 60% of residents fully vaccinated; 67% with at least one dose
- Town of Danvers: 61% of residents fully vaccinated; 68% with at least one dose
- City of Gloucester: 63% of residents fully vaccinated; 71% with at least one dose
- Town of Hamilton: 66% of residents fully vaccinated; 74% with at least one dose
- Town of Marblehead: 71% of residents fully vaccinated; 80% with at least one dose
- Town of Nahant: 74% of residents fully vaccinated; 82% with at least one dose
- City of Newburyport: 68% of residents fully vaccinated; 77% with at least one dose
- City of Peabody: 56% of residents fully vaccinated; 63% with at least one dose
- City of Salem: 54% of residents fully vaccinated; 61% with at least one dose
- Town of Swampscott: 69% of residents fully vaccinated; 78% with at least one dose