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Watertown residents respond to lift of state’s mask-or-vax rule

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WATERTOWN — Whether they are pro-mask or not, people seem ready to leave the decision to require masks be worn in public up to individuals and not the state.

A half-dozen people interviewed at random in Watertown on Wednesday, shortly after Gov. Kathleen C. Hochul announced that the requirement to enter a business with a mask or proof of COVID-19 vaccination would be lifted on Thursday, said they’ve always understood why wearing masks is important.

They all said they have taken COVID-19 seriously and have taken precautions like masking and getting vaccinated. Still, most felt the requirement was a driver of tension, and that it’s time to leave it up to the bar owner, hardware store or gas station — and they would respect what the sign on the door says with or without a state requirement.

“If you feel comfortable wearing one then wear it,” said Ron DaLuke, a Watertown resident. “I’ll wear mine if I remember it. As far as it being enforced, that’s a pretty tough deal to say ‘You have to wear this.’”

He said he understands that wearing a mask protects others, but now is not the right time to get combative with those who don’t wear masks.

“Are you going to walk into the store and because a person there isn’t wearing a mask, are you going to go over there and punch them?” he said. “No, you wear your mask, keep your distance and just go about your business.”

Amanda Fuller, a lifelong Watertown resident, is sick of the masks, but she has a child whose immune system is compromised.

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N.Y. politician proposes COVID vaccine mandate for school kids

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ALBANY — Sen. Brad Hoylman is ready to mandate COVID vaccines for school kids.

The Manhattan Democrat introduced a bill Tuesday that would require kids be immunized against coronavirus in order to attend school in New York once the shots receive full federal approval.

The mandate, if passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Hochul, would take effect 30 days after full Food and Drug Administration approval of a COVID vaccine and if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices adds them to its immunization schedule.

“I think the best way to combat COVID is to ensure that there’s a highly vaccinated community and we can do that with a mandate for schoolchildren once federal authorities have signed off on it,” Hoylman told the Daily News.

Every state, including New York, requires children to be vaccinated to attend school or daycare, with inoculations against polio, mumps, measles, diphtheria, rubella, varicella among the most common.

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COVID-19 vaccine clinic set for Tuesday at Case Middle School

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WATERTOWN — The North Country Family Health Center will hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Case Middle School gymnasium, 1237 Washington St.

The health center will be offering both the two-dose Pfizer vaccine and one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

While appointments are preferred, walk-ins also will be welcome. Guests are asked to enter the gymnasium through the entrance labeled 13.

The clinic is open to anyone 12 or older receiving a dose of Pfizer and anyone 18 or older can get either vaccine. There is no out-of-pocket cost for the vaccinations.

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