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OpEd: Don’t Get Too COVID Vaccine Happy — Yet

In an Opinion article published by, Trenton Health Team Executive Director Gregory Paulson celebrates the optimism sparked by life-saving COVID-19 vaccines.

But with COVID spreading as quickly today as when the pandemic began, he warns that  we must continue following health safety guidelines — including wearing masks in public, avoiding crowds, washing hands — and getting vaccinated as soon as possible.

“In March 2020, COVID-19 was spreading across New Jersey, as each person infected was, in turn, infecting more than one other person, pushing the infection rate beyond 28 people per 100,000.

A year later, as optimism grows and indoor activities resume, COVID-19 is still spreading at alarming rates.

Indeed, as of March 17, transmission rates again exceed 1:1 as the state infection rate hovers at 41 per 100,000 population.

Does that mean we should return to lockdowns and wiping down groceries? No.

Much has changed since the pandemic began — namely, the development and delivery of effective vaccines and expanded knowledge regarding how the virus spreads and what actions can reduce the risk of infection.

But current infection rates do mean we must be careful, and we should get vaccinated as soon as possible…”