MASSENA – Massena Mayor Timothy J. Ahlfeld and city supervisor Steven D. O’Shaughnessy say that with the increase in the number of cases of the delta variant, they recommend unvaccinated people to consider getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
In a joint press release to town and village residents, they said that due to the spread of the delta variant, St. Lawrence County officials have asked local leaders to help them promote the vaccine for their residents and employees.
âAs you probably know, the COVID-19 problem is not completely behind us. The delta variant is being discussed more and more on the evening television news, âsaid Mr. Ahlfeld and Mr. O’Shaughnessy.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the delta variant is currently the predominant strain of the COVID-19 virus in the United States. They said the delta variant is highly contagious, more than twice as contagious as the previous variants.
As a result, the CDC issued updated guidance in late July on the need to “urgently increase COVID-19 vaccine coverage.”
âThere is a lot of information available on vaccination rates, both in the United States and around the world. There is an abundance of information available to us to read and interpret, âsaid Mr. Ahlfeld and Mr. O’Shaughnessy.
Among the data available from St. Lawrence County Public Health is the vaccination rate for the town of Massena village.
âThe village of Massena has contacted the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department to gather information, particularly for the community of Massena,â they said.
County figures for vaccination rates in Massena show that 87.6% of residents aged 65 and over have received at least one injection of the vaccine. In contrast, 19.8% of residents 19 and under had received at least one injection. The other vaccination rates were 53.2% for residents aged 20 to 34 and 63.4% for those 35 to 64. Figures do not include those administered by a federal entity.
Mr. Ahlfeld and Mr. O’Shaughnessy encourage residents to consider getting vaccinated. A free Pfizer vaccination clinic for all ages 12 and over is scheduled for August 24 from noon to 3 p.m. in front of the central Massena high school as part of the district’s Ready 4 School event.
âWe encourage each of you to discuss the option with your health care provider and get vaccinated if it’s convenient for you. The vaccine is free and easily accessible to those who wish to be vaccinated. Transportation options are also available for those who need it, âthey said.