“This week, mobile vaccination clinics will continue, as scheduled, Tuesday through Friday,” a state spokesperson wrote in an email to The New Bedford Light.
City Health Director Damon Chaplin will meet with state DPH officials Tuesday to determine the fate of pop-up clinics in New Bedford, including those at health centers, parks, fire stations and city schools.
“I’ve had a good life so far, and I’m hoping to continue to have a good life.”
The pandemic has caused unprecedented viral sickness and fatalities, while simultaneously laying bare economic and social justice weaknesses that have been hidden in plain sight.
Between Sept. 16-22, 61 New Bedford school students tested positive for COVID-19, the second-highest number in the state after the much larger city of Springfield.
Please ask yourself why you or a loved one may be holding out on getting vaccinated and consult with a medical professional about your concerns. Is it truly worth the risk?
Both Southcoast Health and Greater New Bedford Community Health Center are now requiring employees to be immunized.
In the pandemic’s third wave, nurses in New Bedford are not just exhausted — they are frustrated by the low vaccination rate and the knowledge that serious illnesses and deaths are now preventable.
Dartmouth’s fully vaccinated rate of 49% is 16 points lower than the statewide rate of 65%. And the rates in Acushnet, Fairhaven and Freetown are not much better, coming in at 54%, 57% and 57% respectively, as of Aug. 10.
The sad and bitter truth is that because we have failed to get vaccinated in great enough numbers in the city, our school kids will probably spend at least part of another year with their faces covered while they learn.