Vaccines urged as state encourages indoor mask wearing
Residents — including those who are fully vaccinated — are being encouraged to mask-up again in town as new Covid cases are once again on the rise.
According to state data, the town has seen 35 new cases in the past two weeks. Just a month ago, the town reported less than five.
The recommendations, made by the state’s Department of Health, are not a mandate. The situation may change based on public health data and further guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state reports.
Dartmouth Public Health Director Chris Michaud encouraged residents to follow safety protocols, such as social distancing and wearing face coverings.
The most important thing people can do, he said, is to get vaccinated. He encouraged people to look at the issue from a “patriotic perspective’’ by “doing the right thing for everybody.’’
Just over half of Dartmouth residents _ 54 percent _ have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to state statistics.
“If you’re not vaccinated, get vaccinated,’’ he said. By getting vaccinated, he said, “you’re doing the right thing for everyone else,’’ he said.
All Massachusetts residents, regardless of vaccination status, are required to continue wearing face coverings in certain settings, including transportation and health care facilities, the state reports.
Michaud urged anyone uncertain about getting vaccinated to talk to their health care provider. Those who do not have a primary care physician may reach out to a pharmacist or medical personnel at local clinics or other sites, Michaud said.
“That’s where the conversation belongs,’’ he said. “That’s the person you should be in contact with.’’
People shouldn’t make vaccination decisions “over debates that are not medical,” he said.
There is no shortage of vaccines in the area, he said. “We are saturated with vaccines,” he said.
To find a location to receive a vaccine, visit vaxfinder.mass.gov. Vaccines are available at CVS at 548 Dartmouth St. and Stop & Shop at 25 Faunce Corner Road.
Southcoast Health hosts regular clinics at the Vanity Fair Clinic in Dartmouth. For times and locations of upcoming walk-up clinics, visit: www.southcoast.org/covid-19-vaccination/.