KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – As the holidays continue more people in the Wabash Valley are rolling back their sleeves for a COVID-19 booster shot.

In Knox County, high school teach Haley Lancaster says there were many reasons behind her decision for her to receive a booster shot.

“For me it was to continue my job in supporting my students in the best way possible,” Lancaster said.

Knox County Health Officer Dr. Alan Stewart says the increase in boosters could stem from family gatherings during the holidays.

“We have been seeing good numbers,” Dr. Stewart said. “We’ve been seeing increasing people to come in and get boosters. We’ve had individual stories as we’ve talked with people how they want to make sure they get their booster shots before they go on vacation. Before they take a trip, make sure they don’t infect other family.”

With the celebration of the holidays, Dr. Stewart says Knox County is also seeing a rise in positive cases.

“What we’re seeing now is a significant surge in the post holiday, the post Thanksgiving get togethers that we expected,” Dr. Stewart said. “Indeed the hospitals are filling up.”

Lancaster says with the help of the vaccines, she and her family are in a better situation than they were a year ago.

“A year ago, I was in quarantine because my son had COVID,” Lancaster said. “I spent the last week of the semester teaching from home and caring for my son and we consider ourselves very fortunate that he had a mild case.”

Dr. Stewart estimates over 50 percent of Knox County has been vaccinated.