Hard-Hit Communities Urge Residents To Get COVID Vaccine

WBZ-TV's Mike LaCrosse reports.

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- Massachusetts trying to entice those in hard hit communities to roll up their sleeves and get the COVID-19 vaccine. The state is making progress, with more than 2.1 million people now fully vaccinated. But while many are anxious to return to normal life, experts stress the importance of still taking precautions. Here's WBZ's Mike LaCrosse.

- I feel like we're trying to not right the Titanic, I feel like we're trying to move the iceberg.

MIKE LACROSSE: People are hoping now that everyone over the age of 16 is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, that the process will speed up and stop the spread of the virus.

- It is a little scary thinking that the numbers are still so high.

MIKE LACROSSE: The city of Revere is updating residents on their vaccination progress. Thermometers just like this one will be posted all over, showing how many people have their shots.

BRIAN ARRIGO: And what we're trying to do is really bring the community together.

MIKE LACROSSE: The initiative is called Let's Do This, Revere. The mayor tells me the goal is to have 70% of the city's population vaccinated by July 4.

BRIAN ARRIGO: And we'll continue to be focused on meeting people out in the community and vaccinating them where they are.

MIKE LACROSSE: This week, the Red Sox are teaming up with CIC Health at the Heinz Convention Center vaccination site to get people excited about getting their shots.

ROBERT KLUGMAN: The latest data shows that about 49% of people in Massachusetts that receive one vaccination, about 30% are fully vaccinated.

MIKE LACROSSE: UMass Memorial Medical Center doctor Robert Klugman says it will still be a few months until we reach herd immunity, which is why COVID-19 safety protocols still need to be respected.

ROBERT KLUGMAN: People can certainly be a little more at ease, but continue to use masks when appropriate, consider the distance when appropriate. Don't just figure you have some superhuman immunity and you're good to go, because you could still get sick.

MIKE LACROSSE: And possibly spread the virus, prolonging the pandemic.

- I am very much hoping we get back to normal.

- We were just saying in Target, I was walking out, I'm like, do you ever think there'll be a day where we don't wear-- walk around with masks on.

MIKE LACROSSE: A question that'll take some more time to get answered. In Revere, Mike LaCrosse, WBZ News.