Struggle to Increase Vaccination Rates

by Jan Frazier

Washington, D.C. (Washington Insider Magazine) – According to the centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are barely 46 percent of the American population vaccinated. Since June 7, the number of given doses has fallen by almost 300,000 per day.

President Biden’s administrative health officials are making an attempt to slow the spread of the Delta variant. The officials have pretty much given up on reinstating the mask and the social-distancing rules “in favor of a grassroots vaccine education campaign.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the White House Covid-19 Task Force have all talked about whether it’s worth pressing the governors as well as the mayors in both the South and Midwest – where the Delta variant which is highly transmissible is currently spreading – to again require the wearing of masks. 

However, it has been decided that many of those who are not yet vaccinated are the ones who will not, also, wear the masks. 

Three senior Biden health officials said that the federal government will attempt to get people who are reluctant to get vaccinated working “with state officials and trusted community members to communicate the benefits of the shots.”

The president’s officials are not sure that this tactic will work; however, they are “falling back on old messaging in part because top administration officials are unsure what other tactics will work.”

It is unfortunate as well as interesting that the U.S. struggles to find better ways to convince the public to get Covid-19 shots while the third-world countries struggle with finding vaccines.

Schools would like to return to normal, and one must wonder how the “federal government will manage increasing Covid-19 cases associated with the Delta variant in the months ahead.”

Scott Becker, CEO of the Association of Public Health Laboratories, said, “This is the door-to-door campaign, this is the church-to-church, this is going into the community and meeting people where they are. We’re not going to convince everybody.”


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