Three years after it began, the Healey-Driscoll administration announced that the state’s COVID-19 public health emergency will end on May 11, to align with the end of the federal public health emergency.

The announcement on March 15 came ahead of the 45-day notice required by state law, allowing additional time for affected organizations to prepare.

On March 29, Gov. Maura Healey signed a supplemental budget package that included policy proposals to permanently extend, beyond May 11, three Public Health Orders issued in connection with the COVID-19 public health emergency. The law codifies staffing flexibilities for advanced life support ambulances and freestanding dialysis providers, and flexibilities for the administration of prescription medications to clients of state agencies who reside in community settings.

The governor also announced that on May 11 she plans to rescind Executive Order 595, which required all Executive Branch state employees to have received their primary series COVID-19 vaccines. She said the order had been “a successful tool” for reducing the spread and severity of COVID-19 in Massachusetts.

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