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Arlington leader: More people need to get ‘boosted’

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A good number of Arlington residents seem to be turning a blind eye and/or deaf ear to governmental drumbeats for COVID booster shots.

Only one in three adults in the county has receive the extra shots, County Manager Mark Schwartz told County Board members on Jan. 25.

“We need to do better,” the manager said.

About 87 percent of county adults have received at least one dose of the initial COVID shots, Schwartz told County Board members.

His report came as it appeared possible that COVID’s easily transmissible but largely tamable omicron variant was receding. The county manager reported that week-over-week case counts had declined 38 percent as of Jan. 25, despite an almost religious fervor among some to test, test and test some more.

Case counts in Arlington during the omicron wave peaked on Jan. 8 and have been in decline since then.

County Board members on Jan. 25 honored members of the county government’s Complete Vaccination Committee, and while its heart was in the right place, the government’s spelling left a little to be desired: “Complate Vaccination Committee” was the title of the graphic shown during the presentation.

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