Hingham vaccination rate higher than the state’s

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July 28, 2021 by Carol Britton Meyer

There have been 18 reported new COVID-19 cases in Hingham since June 1 -- five last month and 13 this month, according to Asst. Town Administrator Michelle Monsegur. Whether those individuals were vaccinated or not when they tested positive is unknown.

"We are keeping an eye on the troubling uptick in cases reported at the state and national levels over the last few weeks," she told the Select Board Tuesday night.

As of last week, 69 percent of Hingham residents were fully vaccinated (compared to 64 percent statewide).

"If we look at only vaccine-eligible individuals in town (individuals ages 12 and older), the percent of fully vaccinated eligible residents rises to 81 percent," Monsegur explained.

Select Board member William Ramsey noted that the Centers for Disease Control has revised its guidance for vaccinated individuals regarding wearing face masks.

He was referring to the fact that the Centers for Disease Control released new guidance Tuesday recommending that everyone in virus "hotspots" wear masks when indoors, regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated.

Seniors in need of transportation to get a vaccination are encouraged to call the Senior Center at (781) 741-1458.

Hingham Link volunteers, who are fully vaccinated, are available to drive town residents in need of transportation to vaccination appointments. The process is easiest when you sign up online at https://www.hinghamlink.com/needhelp -- or call (781) 908-0590.

Be sure to leave your name, phone number, street address, and other details. A few days' notice is helpful, as it is difficult for the Hingham Link group to arrange schedules for rides at the last minute.

Vaccinations are available nearby -- in Hingham, Norwell, Weymouth, and at other locations.

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