NORWICH — With more people getting vaccinated, COVID-19 restrictions are gradually lifting but some residents are reluctant about getting the jab.
There are currently three vaccines recommended by the CDC against COVID-19 and available for public use: Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson. Recently, the CDC and state government stated that vaccinated residents do not have to wear masks outdoors, so long as they are not in large groups.
Chenango County Department of Health Public Information Officer Isaiah Sutton is encouraging residents to wear masks when in large groups because they may not know the vaccination status of others around them. He said about 40 percent of Chenango County is currently vaccinated.
“We still encourage folks when they’re within six feet in certain highly populated settings- concerts, events, parties, especially if the vaccination status of those around you are unknown, we strongly encourage you to continue to wear a mask,” he said.
For NY residents still unsure about the vaccine, Sutton suggests they educate themselves with information from reputable resources.
Sutton said unvaccinated residents would be restricted and would not be able to attend public summer events.
“Anybody looking to attend a local event this summer is going to require a vaccination or a current test,” said Sutton. “The easiest way to do that, the freest way to do that, is to get vaccinated.
“If you want to go to Bluesfest this is the easiest way to do it,” Sutton added.