As of last Thursday, Bridgewater had 32-percent of the town's entire population partially vaccinated against COVID-19 with a first dose administered. But First Selectman Curtis Read had a message for those who have not yet scheduled an appointment. He said in a message posted to the town's website that there is resistance by a large percentage of men and others who think they are exercising their personal freedom or protecting themselves from unknown health effects. Read encouraged those with reservations to reconsider and follow the advice of health experts. He notes that countries without effective vaccination roll-outs are experiencing a “third wave” or worse, like Italy, hospitals that are overwhelmed again. Read ended by saying that the community can only get over the finish line to “herd immunity” if enough people follow the advice of all living past U.S. Presidents.