Last-minute shoppers hit grocery stores hours before Thanksgiving

WESTWOOD, Mass. — Last-minute shoppers hit the grocery stores hours before Thanksgiving, stuffing their carts with all the holiday staples Wednesday.

Most customers who spoke to Boston 25 News at Wegman’s in Westwood said they feel safer gathering this year after the COVID-19 pandemic squashed their plans last year.

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“Last year, we did Zoom. This year, we’re getting together,” said Jean Nolan, who will celebrate the holiday with her immediate family and siblings, still a slightly scaled-down version of the usual gathering. “It’s very important to get together. It’s been too long, too far. I got my booster a couple weeks ago, so I’m good with that. So, we’ll still be safe, but we’ll have a good holiday.”

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise across the state and the country, top health officials are urging people to get vaccinated before the holidays.

“We’re all vaccinated,” said Patrick O’Hern of getting together with his family. “We know that that’s the advice is to have everybody there vaccinated as you’re going into it. So, we feel pretty comfortable.”