WBUR’s COVID-19 coverage is now zeroing in on the vaccine drive: how it’s working, how many more people are being vaccinated, how they are signing up and where they’re getting it. Editors and reporters are addressing questions around safety, the science of immunology, distribution plans, new variants and what life will look like post-vaccination. The main goal is to inform the community so individuals can make important decisions about their health. Here’s how:
A weekly COVID-19 newsletter to provide readers with in-depth context related to the local coronavirus outbreak and road to recovery. This includes the latest on vaccine safety protocols, side effects, local distribution plans and more. Each week, WBUR’s health team also answers reader questions related to vaccines. In addition to the weekly newsletter, WBUR will be sharing special bonus content addressing vaccines: safety, side effects, when you can get one and what life could look like if and when we hit herd immunity.
A dedicated COVID-19 news and resource hub on our website featuring a continuously updated and interactive map providing town by town data — showing infection, death and vaccination rates, along with vital hospital information, this FAQ post that answers reader questions, and these tips from Mass. residents who successfully booked coronavirus vaccinations online. Explore the hub.
A series of free virtual WBUR Town Halls, Tuesdays at 6 p.m., with our journalists and leading experts, on the science, roll out and safety of the coronavirus vaccine. Experts will take your questions in real time. Dates and topics include:
A weekday microcast to keep you informed about the most important Boston-area coronavirus headlines. Listen and subscribe below to “Coronavirus Briefly” or learn more.
About our vaccine coverage:
For millions of people, WBUR is a trusted community source of COVID-19 news, information and connection. As the Commonwealth approaches the one-year anniversary when Gov. Charlie Baker declared a COVID-19 state of emergency (March 10), WBUR remains committed to keeping the community informed, safe and connected.
"WBUR has become indispensable to communities across Massachusetts in the pandemic for live and local news, public health and safety updates, as well as deep reporting and thoughtful analysis," Dan Mauzy, executive editor of news, WBUR. “Our reporters have been on the frontlines around the clock – covering the impact of the virus on every aspect of our lives. As vaccines roll out here over the next several months, we’re expanding our coverage to meet the moment.”
Mauzy added, “WBUR’s audience has been highly dependent on our coverage in this time of crisis. As the virus peaked in Massachusetts, nearly 475,000 listeners tuned in and nearly 1.4 million relied on our website for information. Our plan is to use every tool we have to get this vital, timely information to the public.”