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Can we get to 70%?

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That’s President Joe Biden’s new vaccination goal, and he’s got some fresh ideas on how to get there. Vox’s German Lopez explains.Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained.Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megap
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That’s President Joe Biden’s new vaccination goal, and he’s got some fresh ideas on how to get there. Vox’s German Lopez explains.Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained.Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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on Tuesday, the president of the United States addressed the nation, Good afternoon. The United States is entering a new stage of covid 19 vaccinations. Now, where do we go from here? Most adult aged americans who wanted the shot have got the shot. Thank God for that. Which means the next hill to climb is those millions upon millions who just aren't as excited about getting vaccinated. Now we're going to have to bring the vaccine to people who are less eager. So joe biden and his administration want to make it easier than ever with a centralist website vaccines dot gov. With a number, you can text go to joe three oh 33 that's the old one of the other one. Another one. Text your zip code to the following number 4388 to nine. And by bringing the vaccine to americans wherever they may be. With a particular focus on rural America. And beginning next week, we'll be shipping new allocations of vaccine to rural health clinics, getting more vaccines to more rural clinics. So americans who don't live near one of the 75,000 vaccination sites, we'll have new options that may be closer. Rural America is increasingly viewed as the next frontier in getting the country vaccinated. It's where polls show resistance to the shot is the strongest and the administration's strategy is shifting from vaccination sites to trusted leaders in those communities, namely local doctors were also going to slip vaccines directly to pediatricians, ship them to pediatricians during the following weeks so parents and their Children can talk to their family doctor about and get the shot from a provider. They trust the most easy, fast and free Brett morgan is a family doctor in a rural community. W E R G I N is my last name. He practices family medicine in town called Fair Berry in Nebraska, it's about 70 miles southwest of the state's capital, Lincoln. It's a town of like 4000 people. There's lots of surrounding small towns. We probably serve a community of something like 12,000 ish to 16,000 people. But the town itself is 4000. The initial vaccine rollout in Fair, very Nebraska looked much like it did in the rest of the country. I mean, I think people are really eager in the beginning. So 11 thing about, you know, in our community, we have a pretty large geriatric population. So a lot of people over the age of 65 obviously we have to nursing homes and assisted living facility completely closed down, like no family members allowed to come visit. And that's really hard on our geriatric patients and people that are in nursing homes. You know, people can even start to have worsening cases of delirium when they're not having those social interactions and they're having to be confined to their rooms. So when the vaccine was coming around, I think people were really excited. People really wanted to get back to being able to see their loved ones as soon as possible. So on the nursing home side of things and I'd say with the geriatric population who weren't in nursing homes and people wanted to see their family grandkids, they were very eager to start getting vaccinated and I think everyone was very excited when our area started to get them. But eventually the excitement waned. Now, we're kind of struggling uh to get people vaccinated. I think as a state in Nebraska I think were vaccinated somewhere over 40% of the eligible population. Um The last I had checked for our specific county, which is jefferson county Nebraska, I didn't have data on just eligible people, but for all people we were just over 30% people vaccinated, although that includes Children who some of them can't be vaccinated at this point, which means dr wagon has been having more uncomfortable conversations with his patients lately. Yeah. When I bring it up to patients now, you know, they're just neither say no, I'm not getting that or they say, I don't think I'm gonna get that. I feel like it's week to week. There's some weeks where I feel like nobody wants it and no matter how much education I provide in that appointment, they just still kind of dig their heels in and say they don't want it. And then some weeks it's like, oh half of those people that I talked to that didn't want to get it after I talk to them, they're like, okay, well I might get this then.
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