NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) — Texas health officials are urging communities to get people who have chosen not to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to step up for the shot in the arm.
Vaccination statistics clearly show that the demand for COVID-19 vaccinations has dropped.
“Anyone who wants a vaccine can get the vaccine,” said Nacogdoches Fire Chief Keith Kiplinger.
But convincing the hesitant to roll up their sleeves, as millions of others have done, is still a work in progress.
“We really need to make people more comfortable with this,” said Anita Humphreys, executive director of East Texas Community Health Center.
Humphreys begins by telling business leaders listening to the Nacogdoches Chamber weekly stakeholder call about the vital role they can play.
“Companies like you need to reach out and join us to get good PR and create good PSAs. Leaders that the community recognizes,” she suggested.
Health provider asks business owners to educate and dispel myths about vaccines.
“It lends itself to some people not having confidence in vaccines. We know that science proves that is not the case. We really need to make people more comfortable taking the pictures,” Humphreys said.
Nacogdoches Chamber Chairman of the Board, Ted Smith, thinks it can happen.
“I think letting people know that you get vaccinated and you get vaccinated and you are responsible, it helps to show it. Lead by example.”
Humphreys is sending a reminder to anyone who says they are reluctant or don’t have time to get vaccinated.
“If you look back in history, we’ve done a great job of eradicating some horrible diseases just by vaccinating. And that’s the case with this one. »
Humphreys is allocating part of the Americans Rescue Plan federal grant to launch a COVID-19 vaccination media campaign.
East Texas Community Health Center is now taking vaccination appointments on ethc.com
There will be a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Wednesday, May 5 at the Nacogdoches County Expo Center. Appointments are always available. One can be made by calling 936-305-8488 or www.tinyurl.com/vacnac
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