Somerville Health Officials Reject Citywide Vaccine Mandate – NBC Boston

Unlike in Boston and Brookline, health officials in Somerville shot down a citywide vaccine mandate during a meeting Thursday night.

According to the city’s latest public health data, 80% of Somerville residents are fully vaccinated and 43% have also received a booster shot.

The proposed vaccine mandate followed the same rules that the city of Boston put into place, which requires proof of vaccination for indoor entertainment like galleries, music venues, bowling alleys, indoor dining and gyms.

The proposed mandate in Somerville would have been phased in at the end of January and charged violators with a $300 fine. Brian Green, chair of the Somerville Board of Health, stressed that masking and testing are important ways to combat the spread of the virus and should be the focus.

“What we have in Somerville is a discrepancy between who’s vaccinated and who’s not. And we still need to get at that and tactically I don’t know that this is going to do it,” Green said.

Over the last two weeks, the city has seen about 163 cases for every 100,000 people.

As Boston’s new indoor vaccine mandate went into effect on Saturday, Mayor Michelle Wu spoke to reporters about it and took questions.