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Vaccinations the Focus of Mayor

(La Porte, IN) - Don’t expect any mask mandates in the city of La Porte, at least for right now.


Mayor Tom Dermody believes the key to putting the pandemic behind us is getting more LaPorte residents vaccinated. Dermody has been involved with the La Porte County Health Department in offering protection against the virus to residents by bringing it to their doorsteps.


“We’ve teamed up several times now to go door to door and offer vaccines to those that may want them or have questions answered and that, obviously, is the long term priority so people get vaccinated. That’s where our focus is,” Dermody said.

Dermody and health department workers have also gone to apartment complexes to offer vaccines.


Earlier this week, a cartoon posted on Facebook criticized Dermody and other elected officials for not imposing a mask mandate while area COVID-19 transmission numbers and hospitalization rates continue to soar. 


The image has Dermody, and three other elected officials in a floating barrel called the SS COVID about to go over Niagara Falls. The image includes LaPorte County Commissioners Joe Haney and Rich Mrozinski and Michigan City Mayor Duane Parry. 


“We focus on the good things. We’re too busy trying to improve the community to worry about silly things like that,” the mayor said.

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