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Friedman, colleague urge Baker to do more to slow the spread of Covid-19


Thank YOU for a wonderful 2021!

The following joint statement was issued Wednesday, Dec. 23, from Stephen Acosta, representing Friedman's office. It is from from Sen. Jo Comerford and Friedman, Senate chair and vice chair of the Joint Committee on Covid-19 and Emergency Preparedness and Management.

“We stand firmly behind Senate President Karen Spilka’s call for an aggressive approach to mitigating the impact and spread of the new Covid-19 Omicron variant across Massachusetts, and wholeheartedly support her recommendations to meet the acute challenges of this time.

We have listened to the experts and it is clear that the administration must do more now. This includes supporting our hospitals by significantly reducing the time it takes to license doctors, nurses and hospital personnel coming from other states to increase our workforce.

It includes significantly increasing outreach efforts in all communities with low vaccination rates. This means empowering and resourcing trusted community voices to provide language-appropriate messaging and direct connections to residents and families to address questions and combat vaccine misinformation.

We know these kinds of efforts increase vaccination rates. It is also essential that there be a consistent, thorough, and evidence-based process for all school systems to follow that keeps our children, teachers, and staff safe and in school. We also encourage the administration to make rapid testing easily available and affordable throughout the Commonwealth. And finally, we must join together to ensure residents have stable and safe housing, which we know is a critical component in stopping the spread of Covid-19.”

This news announcement, which includes opinion, was published Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021.

I will continue to engage with all of you in the new year, and I invite you to join my next virtual office hours for all residents of the 4th Middlesex district on January 25th at 5pm. You can register on my website at Additionally, you can always contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions, concerns, or to seek assistance from my office.
As we approach the holidays and cold winter months, let’s not forget about our friends, neighbors, and community members that need support. Here are some local nonprofits that could use donations or volunteers to help keep our district fed and meet other community needs: Lastly, with Covid-19 cases surging once more, the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get vaccinated, and to get a booster shot when recommended. To find a vaccination site near you, visit
As I said, this has been quite a year. And while there were many challenges, we got a lot done. I want to especially thank my incredible staff, David, Deborah, Liz, Fatou, and Stephen, without whom I could not do my job or serve the people of the 4th Middlesex. They are extraordinary people who are as committed to the work we do as I am. I am so very lucky to have such a great team.
I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season and a wonderful and safe new year!

Cindy Friedman

To stay up to date on all that I'm doing on behalf of the 4th Middlesex and the Commonwealth, please visit my website and check out my legislative profile on the Massachusetts Legislature website. You can also connect with me on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

P.S. Please forward this message to friends, family, and members of our community who may be interested in hearing about this news. They can sign up for my email list to receive future news and updates from the State House and our district!
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