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2 hard-hit cities, 2 diverging fates in vaccine rollout

Added 02-24-21 08:22:02am EST - “Mario Valdez, his wife and their 18-year-old son were fully vaccinated for COVID-19 this month as part of a special effort to inoculate every resident of Central Falls, the Rhode Island community hit hardest by the pandemic.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “2 hard-hit cities, 2 diverging fates in vaccine rollout”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) - Mario Valdez, his wife and their 18-year-old son were fully vaccinated for COVID-19 this month as part of a special effort to inoculate every resident of Central Falls, the Rhode Island community hit hardest by the pandemic.

“I feel happy,” the 62-year-old school bus driver said shortly after receiving his second and final dose. “Too many people here have COVID. It’s better to be safe.”

Roughly 50 miles (80 kilometers) across the state line in Chelsea, a Massachusetts city that was an early epicenter of the virus, high school sophomore Mannix Resto fears the state’s slow rollout of the vaccine will continue to prevent students from attending classes in-person.

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The 15-year-old says no one in his family has been vaccinated yet as the state focuses on vaccinating front-line workers and residents who are older or have serious health conditions.

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