Fernandina Beach Commissioner urges vaccinations to stem rise in Covid cases

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
July 21, 2021


In light of the resurgence of the Covid-19 cases locally, Mayor Mike Lednovich reminded the audience at the beginning of the July 20, 2021 Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) Regular Meeting that the meeting was being held under CDC guidelines.  “Our daily [Covid] cases are at a rate that we have not seen since last June.  We are averaging 65 cases per day.”  He invited Commissioner Chip Ross, a doctor who works in the Baptist Nassau Emergency Room, to add his comments.

Ross delivered the following remarks:

Commissioner Chip Ross

“Based upon my training and my 40 years of experience as an Emergency Room doctor, a review of Nassau County Covid numbers, and most importantly, 4 shifts in the last 10 days in the local Emergency Room, this is what I believe:  the Covid vaccines are safe and effective.  More than 99 percent of the patients being hospitalized with Covid — and our hospital is over flowing — are not fully vaccinated.  The Covid vaccines are highly effective in preventing severe disease.  I’m vaccinated, my wife is vaccinated; my sister is vaccinated, as well as her daughter and son-in-law, who are both emergency room doctors.  I am wearing an N-95 mask at this meeting.  If asked, I would advise anyone attending this meeting to do likewise.  I would urge anyone who is not vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible, both for their own sakes and to protect their families and the public at large.”

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