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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Vaccinations brought happier days back to The Villages

The United States is fortunate to have highly effective vaccines that are widely available for those aged 12 and up.

People who are fully vaccinated are protected from severe disease and death, including from the variants currently circulating in the country such as the Delta variant. People who are not vaccinated remain at risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

As Dr. Gabe Mirkin has previously noted in a column in Villages-News.com, virtually all COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are among those who are unvaccinated.

We encourage Americans who have not yet been vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves and their community. If you have family members who have not been vaccinated, please encourage them to do so.

The benefits of the vaccine are abundantly evident here in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown. We got our lives back. We want to preserve this sense of joy and stability, and some are nervous about what the future holds.

Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster shot at this time. FDA, CDC, and NIH are engaged in a science-based, rigorous process to consider whether or when a booster might be necessary. This process takes into account laboratory data, clinical trial data, and cohort data – which can include data from specific pharmaceutical companies, but does not rely on those data exclusively. We continue to review any new data as it becomes available and will keep the public informed. The CDC is prepared for booster doses if and when the science demonstrates that they are needed.

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We are inconveniencing the responsible people for the convenience of the irresponsible people

A Village of St. Charles resident wonders why we are inconveniencing the responsible people for the convenience of the irresponsible people when it comes to COVID-19. Read his Letter to the Editor.

They could have left the Hacienda Hills pool for us

A Village of De La Vista North resident, in a Letter to the Editor, wonders why the Developer couldn’t have left the Hacienda Hills swimming pool for residents to enjoy, since there is no action on the planned apartment complex.

We are required to wear seatbelts but not masks

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Duval resident wonders why we are required to wear seatbelts, but not masks.

Gov. Ron DeSantis responsible for surging number of COVID-19 cases

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Springdale resident blames Gov. Ron DeSantis for the surge of COVID-19 cases in Florida.

They destroyed Spanish Springs so we moved

A Villager who enjoyed Katie Belle’s and other features at Spanish Springs has had enough. Read his Letter to the Editor.

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