REVERE, Mass. — Massachusetts ranks high compared to other states when it comes to vaccine distribution. But some local cities and towns are still lagging behind.
In Revere, the mayor and board of health are kicking off a campaign to get at least 70% of people in the city vaccinated by the Fourth of July. As part of the campaign, the city placed seven thermometer signs around the community. The mayor says it will be a way to show the progress residents are making in helping to slow the spread of the virus.
The city will also be encouraging residents to get vaccinated with billboards and flyers with information about where they can go to get a shot.
As of last Thursday, about 23% of Revere residents had been fully vaccinated. That is slightly lower than the state average, which is around 27%.
Numbers show Massachusetts residents are the least hesitant in the country to get vaccinated.
“Whether it’s providing transportation, language translation, disseminating info about the safety, the effectiveness of the vaccine,” said Dr. Michael Misialek.
Bristol County has the highest percentage of vaccine hesitancy in the state at 8.68%. Norfolk County, which is the least hesitant county in the country, is at 5.8%.
As part of the campaign to encourage people in Revere to get vaccinated, COVID ambassadors will hand out multilingual flyers to businesses and churches. They are also at vaccine clinics in the city to help answer any questions people may have.
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