Wareham has seen 77 new cases of covid-19 in the past week, according to state covid-19 case data from September 9 – bringing the total number of covid-19 cases to 2,078 since the start of the pandemic.
The number of new cases has increased over the past month. The last time the weekly case count exceeded 70 was in late January, just after the worst of the post-holiday peak.
Wareham’s average daily incidence rate has fallen from 31 to 35.1 cases per 100,000 people in the past 14 days. Considering Wareham’s population, TK cases per 100,000 population means that there have been around 8.05 new cases every day for the past two weeks.
The city’s vaccination rate lags behind other Massachusetts communities. According to state data as of September 9, 55% of Wareham residents have received at least one dose of a covid-19 vaccine. This represents 13,229 people, 118 more than last week.
This week, Wareham reported that 51% of its residents – 12,305 people – are fully vaccinated. That’s 116 more than last week.
Of the 27 Plymouth County municipalities reporting immunization data to the state, Wareham noe reports the second lowest percentage of individuals who received at least one dose of the vaccine – having squeaked by Middleborough, which stands at 54% .
All other municipalities in Plymouth County have reported that at least 60 percent or more of its population has received at least one dose of a covid-19 vaccine.
Possibilities of getting vaccinated
Local public health experts continue to encourage people to get vaccinated as soon as possible – and the state now offers home vaccinations for those who cannot make it to a vaccination site.
People 12 years of age or older who live, work, or study in Massachusetts may be vaccinated against covid-19. People over 18 can register for any vaccine, but those 12 to 17 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine.
In Wareham, CVS on Main Street (419 Main St.), CVS on Cranberry Highway (2421 Cranberry Hwy Ste 110), Walgreens on Marion Road (121 Marion Rd.) And CVS in East Wareham (2992 Cranberry Hwy) offer covid vaccines for walk-in or by appointment visitors.
People eligible for the vaccine can find appointments with state providers using the state website vaxfinder.mass.gov.
Home vaccinations can be scheduled by calling 833-983-0485, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. English and Spanish speaking staff are on hand and have access to translators in over 100 languages. Home vaccinations are performed by healthcare professionals in accordance with public health guidelines and tailored to the patient’s needs.
Home vaccinations are done using the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine, except for 12 to 17 year olds, who would be offered the Pfizer vaccine. Planning is based on location, rather than on a first come, first served basis.
The state has also set up a call center for those who cannot access the vaccine appointment website or have difficulty navigating the complex online system.
From 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, people can call 211 and access the vaccine hotline by pressing one when prompted. The call center has staff who speak English and Spanish, and translators are available to assist residents in approximately 100 additional languages.