CHESHIRE — The world has been returning to normal over the last several weeks, as the pandemic has seems to be subside.
However, the new Delta variant of the virus has produced fresh concerns about outbreaks, as cases have been on the rise throughout the U.S. and even in Connecticut, leading many to wonder whether the vaccine they received will be enough to protect them against new COVID-19 variants, or whether booster shots will be required.
As of right now, however, there are no booster shots available to the general public and they may not be for some time, according to Chesprocott Health Director Maura Esposito.
“It’s very important that everyone knows that there are no approved booster shots out right now,” she said. “While there might be some in development or being researched, there is nothing out there for people to take, and anyone saying otherwise is a scam.”
Espositio delivered this news at the July 13 meeting of the Town Council, during what has become her monthly update on the virus and how it is impacting the community. Esposito acknowledged that some, especially those among the elderly population, who received their vaccines several months ago, may be concerned about their protection against the new variants.
“I get that people might be antsy with this variant around, but the best way to stop the spread of the virus is to get vaccinated, and continue to follow the state guidelines,” she said. “That’s the only sure-fire way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.”
Esposito went on to discuss the Delta variant.
“We are watching all the variants very closely, and we are aware that there may be new variants as this virus continues to mutate,” she said. “Fifty-two percent of the cases in the state are of individuals with the Delta variant.”
Esposito explained that the Delta variant is much more contagious than the original strain of the virus.
“To put it in perspective, one person who gets infected with the Delta variant can infect up to four people, which is why experts are so concerned about it,” she explained. “But, even with that news, I am excited to say that Cheshire is doing amazingly well against the virus.”
According to Esposito, 64% of Cheshire residents between the ages of 16 and 44 have been vaccinated against COVID-19, which is higher than the other towns within the Chesprocott District: Prospect and Wolcott.
“You probably haven’t seen me a lot in the past few weeks because I have been at our other towns since Cheshire is doing so well,” she said.