SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts (WWLP) – Hospital admissions for COVID-19 are rising again here in the state as the unofficial start to summer is just around the corner.
22News spoke with people on Tuesday to see if the increase in cases changes their Memorial Day plans. Hopes are high that this summer will be next to normal while the pandemic continues.
“It’s going to be different because there are more things open now, but will definitely do more activities that we were not able to do last summer,” said Daniel Lanier of Springfield.
But with a variant and sub-variant circulating across the state and the country. COVID cases are rising again.
“I’m vaccinated and I feel like a lot of people are, so I think I should be good too,” said Justin Rankins of Springfield.
Most counties here in Massachusetts have a high risk of spreading COVID-19, but 22News spoke to some people hoping their Memorial Day plans as well as their summer plans will remain fairly normal this year.
“I’m just trying to be a little more active. I was very much indoors last year, I’m just happy to be outside again,” said Drew Harvey of Chicago.
Others say that while keeping their plans for the warmer weather, they will remain cautious.
“I will definitely mask myself here and there. I can not put my guard down 100%, you can not be too careful, especially when you have older family members that you have to walk around, “said Kamri Henderson from Springfield.
Nearly 80% of Massachusetts residents are fully vaccinated, and more than half have also received a booster shot, which health professionals say is your best line of defense.
Just today, the FDA approved a booster dose of Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, extending booster doses to the youngest age group even further.