Life in the hot seat: Rep. Driscoll works on vaccination progress

State Rep. Bill Driscoll Jr., who is the House chair of the new Joint Committee on COVID-19 and Emergency Preparedness and Management, has been working to ensure that problems with the efficiency and efficacy of the state’s rollout are addressed.

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When Rep. Bill Driscoll Jr. started receiving messages that the Massachusetts vaccination website had crashed just after he started oversight hearings on the state’s response to COVID-19, he thought someone was playing a practical joke, but it was real and people began posting screenshots of wait times that were hundreds of thousands of hours long.

“It was clear it was not functioning the way it was supposed to and the wait times were all over the place,” he said in a recent interview.

Driscoll, who is the House chair of the new Joint Committee on COVID-19 and Emergency Preparedness and Management, has been working to ensure that problems with the efficiency and efficacy of the state’s rollout are addressed.

He said the ongoing problems with the site “really drove us to the place where we needed to have a public oversight hearing immediately.”

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