Any plan to fight COVID must start with vaccine

YOUNG PEOPLE are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and at a Lowell General Hospital site in Lowell, Mass., 13 year old Ella Hanson gives a thumbs up after getting her shot. Also pictured are Lowell General Hospital R.N. Amy Golash, left, and Ella's mother, Jennifer Hanson, taking a photo. COURTESY JIM DAVIS/THE BOSTON GLOBE).
For more than a year, a fit, college-educated, 51-year-old relative successfully avoided getting COVID-19. He routinely wore masks and practiced social distancing around strangers while at work in the construction industry. He took all the precautions that made sense, except the one that health experts say matters most – getting a vaccine. About a week…

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