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             COMMENTARY


             Low Vaccination Rates in Bridgeton




      MAYORAL MUSINGS                                                                                        Albert B. Kelly, Mayor, City of Bridgeton

           s I write this, approximately 596,000   true as restrictions are    With a population of 17,009 over age 18, only   among those who received a COVID-19 vac-
           Americans have died from the   lifted, capacities are               26 percent (4,422 residents) have gotten   cine as compared to 596,000 Americans who
     ACOVID-19 virus, depending on        increased, social dis-               vaccinated. This means that 12,587 of our   have died from the virus. Thus, people have
     which source you reference. Despite this   tancing requirements           residents are unvaccinated.         a far greater chance of dying from the virus
     staggering number—quickly approaching   are eased, and masks                There is enough vaccine available for any   than getting sick or dying from any of the
     the total number of dead from the American   become just another          who want it, but too many do not want to   vaccines.
     Civil War that unfolded over the course   part of the wardrobe.           receive the vaccine. I am troubled by the low   With the health of my community in
     of nearly five years—many seem unfazed   Part of what is pro-             vaccination rate in my community and I am   mind, I encourage everyone to get one of the
     even though this death toll occurred over 14   pelling us toward normalcy is the fact that   worried about the future.  COVID vaccines now if you haven’t already.
     months as opposed to five years.     some of us have gotten one of the vaccines.   While I am vaccinated as are some in   If you’re unsure, talk with your doctor. If
        The news out of India is equally shocking   Statewide, 43 percent of adults over age   my immediate circle, I know that an equal   you don’t have a doctor, talk to one of the
     as they’re losing 4,200 people every day to   18 have been vaccinated. In Cumberland   or greater share of those around me are not   doctors at CompleteCare, where you can
     this virus. Closer to home, we’ve lost nearly   County, out of 116,079 people over the age of   vaccinated. This means they are far more   also get vaccinated.
     400 of our neighbors in Cumberland County   18, some 36 percent or 41,788 of our neigh-  vulnerable to the ravages of this virus than to   Vaccines will not guarantee that you’ll
     and just over 50 here in Bridgeton. I remind   bors have been fully vaccinated. That means   any potential side effects from a vaccine.   not get COVID, but it will lessen the chances
     myself of these numbers because it is the   that 74,291 of our neighbors have not.  According to the CDC over 245 million   that an infection will put you in the hospital.
     backdrop against which we must consider   These numbers will change weekly, but   doses of COVID-19 vaccines were adminis-  We have to think about how this virus might
     the question of vaccine hesitancy.   as it stands, we’re at the low end of the spec-  tered nationwide from December 14, 2020,   mutate in coming months. There are vari-
        As we move toward summer, there is this   trum. As Bridgeton’s mayor, I’m focused on   through May 3, 2021 and VAERS (Vaccine   ants out there now and we could be facing a
     feeling that the worst is behind us and we   my community and the news is not what   Adverse Event Reporting System) received   new phase with this virus in months. Now is
     can now get on with our lives. This is partly   I’d have hoped regarding vaccination rates.   4,178 reports of death (0.0017 percent)   the time to get ahead of COVID. n
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