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Why The State Vaccine Signup Site Crashed, And What It Will Take To Straighten It All Out47:57
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Massachusetts' vaccine appointment site crashed Thursday morning, just as many became eligible to register for appointments. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Massachusetts' vaccine appointment site crashed Thursday morning, just as many became eligible to register for appointments. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Here is the Radio Boston rundown for February 18. Callum Borchers is our host.

  •  If you're 65 or older, or have two or more underlying health conditions, you're newly eligible today to sign up for a coronavirus vaccine appointment in Massachusetts. But if you logged on to the state's website to book an appointment this morning, you would have seen an error message. We review what went wrong, take listener calls, and talk about what it will take to straighten it all out with Hiawatha Bray, tech columnist for the Boston Globe, Angus Chen, WBUR Commonhealth reporter, and Tim Rowe, co-founder of CIC Health, which operates the mass vaccination sites at Gillette Stadium and Fenway Park.
  • The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has meant many pain points for so many families and students. That pain is particularly stark for students and administrators at the state's community colleges. Enrollment plummeted in 2020, to a 23-year low, and the steepest decline was among Black and Latinx students. We talk with Carlos Santiago, Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education.
  • As part of our Black History Month coverage, we explore the Black experience in Boston by speaking with three professionals in the private sector. Our panel includes Teri Williams, President and Chief Operating Officer of Boston-based OneUnited Bank, the country's largest Black-owned bank, Kristen Ransom, co-owner of IncluDe Innovation and IncluDe Web Design, and Shenna Collier, founder of the membership networks Boston While Black and The Collier Connection.

This program aired on February 18, 2021.

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