Two months into the COVID-19 vaccinations and suddenly for some, it’s time to party. At least it seems that way in Massachusetts.
For a state who can’t figure out which way is up when it comes to getting its population appointments for vaccinations, a state who thinks students should be back fully in school by April, even without teachers being vaccinated, a state whose metrics on deaths, hospitalizations and active cases have declined but new cases have not, they have decided that it’s time to let loose on the TD Garden, Fenway and Gillette play to a live audience. Because priorities.
Considering that Fenway and Gillette are two of the mass vaccination sites, how do they intend on doing vaccinations and play baseball and football games? Don’t tell me Massachusetts thinks all the people who want/need to be vaccinated will be vaccinated by Opening Day. Or even Patriots pre-season. Because they won’t. I hope they’re not thinking the state won’t need those mass vaccination sites by that time. At the rate we’re going, we’ll be lucky anyone who wants a vaccination in Massachusetts will have gotten it by Christmas.
And don’t get me started on restaurants. Because those places are the last places I want to be. COVID doesn’t disappear just because your table is six feet away from the party next to you. It doesn’t disappear when you take your mask off to eat. Even if you wore it coming in and when you leave.
I can understand how everyone is feeling. We’re all sick of COVID. So many literally. But such a small fraction of people in the state, many of who won’t even go to a restaurant or a baseball, basketball or football game, have received both of their vaccinations. In fact, as of right now there are more people who HAVE NOT received their vaccination than those who HAVE. There are many who WILL NEVER get a vaccination. Because they don’t want to. So is it really the right time to let our guard down, throw caution to the wind and go to a ball game? Even with adherence policies in place?
I guess the only way to find out is to do it.
And hope for the best. Because if the best doesn’t happen, lack of vaccination appointments will become the least of Massachusetts’ problems.