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Get vaccinated, town urges residents in video appeals

robin sons 300 4719Dr. Robin Schoenthaler and her sons MacKenzie, left, Cooper, both AHS grads, at her Moth performance in 2019, before Covid. Director Christine Bongiorno shares two videos that the Arlington Department of Health and Human Services has produced to encourage residents to get vaccinated and to follow Covid-19 guidelines in an effort to put an end to the pandemic.

To view the first video, click here >>

In this video Arlington oncologist Dr. Robin Schoenthaler, who writes about Covid-19, and Arlington Public School nurse Kristina Donofrio discuss the importance of getting vaccinated against Covid-19.

"What we are seeing in people who have hesitated or refused to get vaccines is catastrophe, suffering and ICU overloads and tragic, preventable deaths," said Dr. Schoenthaler. "Thank you to everyone who has gotten vaccinated. There is one way out of this pandemic that's assured and that's for people to get vaccinated."

Covid-19 vaccines are free and available to anyone age 12 and older. Residents who wish to get vaccinated can register here >>

"The Covid-19 vaccine helps to protect students, parents and members of the community against severe illness and death," said nurse Donofrio. "It is definitely important to listen to your child if they want to be vaccinated."

The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration for individuals ages 12 through 15, and recently it earned full FDA approval for individuals aged 16 and older. The two-dose Moderna vaccine and single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine are authorized for emergency use by the FDA for individuals aged 18 and up because they are safe and effective.

Click here for the Moderna fact sheet. Click here for the Pfizer fact sheet. Click here for the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) fact sheet. Residents should consult their doctor with further questions.

Follow guidelines as variants spread

To view the second video, click here >>

This video features public-health nurse Jessica Kerr and Regent Theatre co-owner Leland Stein, who discuss how following Covid-19 guidelines is crucial in helping stop the development of new variants.

"Covid-19 variants happen when the virus changes or mutates as it passes from person to person. These new variants, like the Delta variant, can be more contagious or even more dangerous," said nurse Kerr. "The way to stop new variants from developing is to stop the virus from spreading. If it doesn't spread, it can't mutate."

To help stop new variants from developing, the town encourages residents to get vaccinated, wear masks inside, practice social distancing and get tested.

Stein explains how the Regent Theatre is doing its parts to help stop the spread, including asking guests and performers to wear masks while inside the building.

"It's how we are doing our part to keep serving our community as we have for the past 105 years," said Stein. 

September 2021: Ongoing reports of Covid statistics in Arlington


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This appeal was published Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. The writer is Alia Spring, who works for John Guilfoil Public Relations.

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