The U.S. vaccination drive to combat COVID-19 has reached a stalemate. Particularly in conservative areas of the country, many people don’t want the shots. A handwritten log was kept by nurses that details the struggle to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19 in this region of Alabama. Within the first six weeks, only 14 people visited the Marion County Health Department to receive the initial shot.
This was despite the fact the hospitals in the county of approximately 30,000 people were filled with patients with the virus. At lunchtime, Los Amigos Mexican restaurant was crowded with unmasked diners.
The U.S. vaccination drive has come to an end. This conservative manufacturing city has seen a decrease in demand, even though most people were not interested.
Average American who gets their first shot is now getting 90,000 per day. This is the lowest level of vaccination since December 2020 when the U.S. began its campaign.
Approximately 76% of Americans have had at least one shot in the United States. Only 66% have been fully vaccinated.
Many programs that offered cash, beer and tickets for vaccination have disappeared.
It is unlikely that people who are opposed to getting vaccinated will be affected by COVID-19 and the decline of hospitalizations, deaths and other health problems across the U.S.
“People have had enough. They’re tired of it.” Judy Smith, an administrator for a 12-county area of public health in northwestern Alabama, said that people are getting tired of it.
The decline in the demand for the first round of the lottery is particularly evident in the more conservative areas.
Over the past week, Wyoming saw a total 280 people receive their first shots. Over the last week, Wyoming saw a total of 280 people get their first shot.
The Mississippi border is where Marion County is found. It is located near the Mississippi border.
The area voted for Donald Trump in 2020. However, there is strong opposition to vaccination. Cullman, two counties to the north, booed Trump last year when he promoted vaccinations at an event that attracted thousands.
Nearly 18,000 people have been killed by COVID-19 in Alabama. This means that Alabama has the fourth-highest death toll relative to its population.
Officials anticipated that it would prove difficult for Blacks to get government-sponsored vaccinations in Alabama. This is where the Tuskegee Syphilis study is located. There is deep distrust in Washington.
Officials stated that although rural transportation issues, confusion over vaccine costs, and a lack of access to healthcare have all been factors, it is the partisan division within America that has stopped the vaccine drive from taking root.
Richard Kitchens is among those people. Kitchens owns a Hamilton clothing, footwear, and footwear shop. He said that he does not want to get the vaccine because he has COVID-19 in 2020. Also, despite having relatives with the disease but only mild symptoms,
He doesn’t see the point in a vaccine which provides protection against disease.
Doris Peterson was fully vaccinated. She claimed that she did not receive a booster, despite the advice of her adult daughters.
Kelly Moore is a former Tennessee Health Officer and now heads Immunize.org. This CDC-funded vaccine advocacy group. She recalls seeing data from a survey that was so shocking, it hit right in her gut.
These results were presented earlier in January to a CDC meeting with vaccination experts. ”
Moore said that seeing these results was demoralizing.
The pandemic is not a serious threat to public health.