Caucus struggles without agenda

Back in February, as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to ravage Black and Latino communities across the state and the nation, advocacy groups were pressing Gov. Charlie Baker on the state’s sluggish rollout of COVID vaccines, which initially appeared to bypass predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods and cities.

The Baker administration had dispensed with the state’s pre-planned method of distributing vaccines through local public health agencies, instead turning over the task to a year-old California startup that initially focused its efforts on providing vaccines at large venues such as Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium, rather than making them available in local communities.

Although Black and Latino communities in the state were hardest hit by the pandemic, a key group that provides representation to those communities across the state seemed conspicuously silent. While individual state representatives and senators pressed for better vaccine access, the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus never weighed


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