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Baker Administration Announces Update on Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Availability

In accordance with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pfizer COVID-19 Booster is now available to individuals 65 years of age and older, individuals 18-64 years of age at risk for severe COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions, and individuals 18-64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 because of occupational or institutional settings who have previously received the Pfizer vaccine.

These residents are eligible to receive their Pfizer booster shot at least 6 months after their second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Continue reading

Boston University’s ‘MetroBridge’ Program Opens Call for Projects with Student Support Opportunity

MetroBridge embeds real-world projects for municipalities and community organizations into courses at Boston University, enlisting students and faculty as allies in addressing real issues confronting our region. Age- and dementia friendly community coalitions have an opportunity to engage and receive support from BU students in their efforts.

BU invites local governments and community-based organizations to submit their own original project ideas or select one based on a menu of project ideas. Continue reading

New Census Bureau Tool Launched to Help Measure Community Resilience to Disasters

Released last year as an experimental data product, the U.S. Census Bureau’s Community Resilience Estimates (CRE) garnered so much interest among public and government agencies that the Census Bureau decided to offer it regularly — with tweaks based on user feedback — to help decision-makers plan how to best serve their community.

The Census Bureau defines “community resilience” as the capacity of individuals and households to absorb, endure, and recover from the health, social, and economic impacts of a disaster such as a hurricane or pandemic. Continue reading

Transportation Needs of Diverse Older Adults Highlighted through NADTC Survey

As part of continuing efforts to identify transportation access, usage and disparities that impact diverse groups, the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) launched a national equity, diversity and inclusion transportation survey.

The survey gauged opinions and obtain information from a representative sample of racially, ethnically and culturally diverse older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers about their experiences accessing and using local transportation options in the United States. Continue reading