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"Talk To Your Loved Ones": Vaccine Reluctance Could Keep Lane Co. From Herd Immunity

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County Public Health has set a goal to reach herd immunity from COVID-19: 70-percent of the population vaccinated by September. That may seem doable right now with demand for the vaccine outpacing supply. But health officials say with ever increasing allocations, that will change.

Soon, the county will begin offering shots to the general population. Spokesperson Jason Davis said they are concerned that we will “hit a wall” with too many people opting against the shot. He insisted it is not too early to talk about vaccine reluctance.

“Addressing some of the fears people have around the vaccine and having that conversation with their friends and loved ones. The most impactful conversation will be from you.”

Davis encouraged those who see the personal and community value in the vaccine to share their thoughts with others. Find facts on vaccine eligibility, development, reactions, side effects and more, here

Credit Tiffany Eckert
While demand still outpaces supply for the shot, Public Health officials say soon there will be enough to vaccinate every eligible person in Lane County. That's when they fear we could fail to reach herd immunity-- if enough people are vaccine hesitant.

A forum, "Vaccine Confidence in the Black Community," opened  the conversation Tuesday (03/09/21) night to address historical trauma and mistrust the Black community has with public health and health care delivery systems. 

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and worked in a variety of media including television, technical writing, photography and daily print news before moving to the Pacific Northwest.
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