More than half of the new COVID-19 cases logged in Boston in the past two weeks have been in people age 29 and younger, acting Mayor Kim Janey said Friday, urging people to keep washing their hands, wearing masks, maintaining distance, avoiding large gatherings and getting vaccinated when they are able to do so.
"It is really important that we remember this pandemic is impacting all of us. It is not just impacting older residents," Janey said in a press conference at the Roxbury YMCA. "In fact, the biggest growth that we are seeing is in young residents, and so it is extremely important, particularly since they're not eligible now, to remain vigilant."
Aside from those working in certain fields or with particular health conditions, the bulk of people under age 55 will be come eligible to book vaccine appointments on April 5. State data as of Wednesday show that people under 30 account for about 45 percent of the 20,943 new cases in Massachusetts in the previous two weeks -- 5,316 in the population 19 and younger, and 4,137 among people in their 20s.