There were 17 new coronavirus cases in Hull between Sept. 6 and 20, according to Public Health Director Joyce Sullivan. Of those, 11 involved vaccinated individuals, while six were unvaccinated.
Of the town’s 9,795 residents, 6,870, or about 70 percent, have been inoculated.
“Even though we are seeing breakthrough cases in people who are vaccinated, many are not as sick as they may have been had they not gotten the vaccine,” Sullivan told The Hull Times.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a “breakthrough” case occurs when a person tests positive for the coronavirus at least two weeks after becoming fully vaccinated (either receiving a one-dose vaccine or the second dose of a two-shot vaccine).
Sullivan advises all individuals, regardless of their vaccination status, to continue to maintain COVID-19 precautions, including social distancing and wearing face masks in public places when physical distancing is not possible. “[Younger] children are not vaccinated yet, so protection is still needed,” she said.
While coronavirus vaccinations will not be available at Endless Summer this Saturday, Sept. 25 (rain date is Sunday), flu vaccinations will be available for all ages, including those who are over age 65. “People should get the flu vaccine as well,” Sullivan advised.
Vaccinations are still available at Nantasket Pharmacy and Manet Health Center. As for booster shots, the Board of Health has applied for a supply to be administered locally but has not yet been notified if that will be the case, Sullivan said.
The board of health has scheduled a drive-through flu clinic on Tuesday, Oct. 19, in the back DCR parking lot on George Washington Boulevard from 1 to 3 p.m.