Many in New Bedford Still Resisting Vaccine [TOWNSQUARE SUNDAY]
Most SouthCoast residents have shed their masks and are enjoying summer, apparently confident that the COVID-19 pandemic is just about over.
But public health experts say the pandemic is still with us, and people should continue to take precautions. They are also urging those who have not been vaccinated to do so as soon as possible.
Though New Bedford is no longer in the "red" when it comes to the number of new cases of COVID-19 being reported, the virus is still a threat to public health, mainly because of the low vaccination rate in the city.
New Bedford Director of Public Health Damon Chaplan says the city's vaccination rate is only 45 percent, and the virus is still very much a threat, especially to teens and young adults.
Chaplan spoke with me this week about the city's response to the virus, vaccine equity, and what he and his public health partners are doing to get people vaccinated. His interview can be heard here:
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