For unvaccinated, variants ‘can wreak a lot of havoc’
Generally healthy people who have been fully vaccinaated “should feel very well protected,” CNN medical analyst and emergency physician Dr. Leana Wen said.
But for those who have not been inoculated, the risk of getting infected at large gatherings remains high. “We do have more transmissible variants
, and unfortunately those individuals who don’t have immunity are not protected from these variants that can wreak a lot of havoc,” Wen said.
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said “too many people are coming” to his scenic, coastal city.
“The virus is still here,” he said. “The volume of people that have been coming here is very unprecedented.”
Pandemic is definitely not over, WHO director says
Don’t be fooled by the holiday barbecues, parties and reopened movie theaters
There’s still a lot of work to be done to end the Covid-19 pandemic, and any country that thinks the danger has passed is wrong, said World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“We’re very encouraged that cases and deaths are continuing to decline globally, but it would be a monumental error for any country to think the danger has passed,” he said.
“One day — hopefully soon — the pandemic will be behind us. But the psychological scars will remain for those who have lost loved ones, health workers who have been stretched beyond breaking point. and the millions of people of all ages confronted with months of loneliness and isolation.”
But for those fully vaccinated, the loneliness and isolation are fading away. And at some popular Memorial Day destinations, those who still need a free shot could easily get one.
New Jersey launched a new program called “Shots at the Shore,” at which adults have an option of getting a Moderna, Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at beaches or boardwalks.
Vaccinations sites were set up in Pier Village, Sandy Hook, Long Branch, and Asbury Park until mid-afternoon on Memorial Day, Gov. Phil Murphy said. Children ages 12 and up could get the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
New York City, another popular destination, is sending vaccination buses to beaches and parks.
The mobile vaccination sites will be stationed at Brighton Beach, the Rockaways, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Central Park and Governors Island, among other locations, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
“You’re going to see our vaccine buses out all over New York City the next few days,” he said.
“Go, get vaccinated, hit the beach. Real simple.”