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Local health department discuss vaccine incentives, as vaccinations trend downwards

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

Nationwide, according to the CDC's website, 50.8% of Americans have received at least one dose with 41% being fully vaccinated.

In Missouri, 41.9% of the population has initiated vaccination, with 34.9% completing the process.

Missouri's COVID-19 dashboard reported a 7-day average of just 7,723 vaccinations per day, down for the 14th day in a row in the state.

With vaccination efforts statewide trending downwards, many local health departments are looking at other states implementing vaccine incentives.

Chezney Shulte, communicable disease coordinator with the Cole County Health Department, said the department has discussed vaccine incentives in response to nationwide news but is not interested in implementing them in Cole County.

Shulte said she would be concerned incentivizing vaccines would have the opposite effect on those not yet vaccinated, only furthering their distrust or fear of the vaccine.

"We'd like to rather address issues of vaccine uncertainty at the root of that, which would be possibly uncertainty in the approval process or uncertainty in the effectiveness." Shulte said, "also vaccine availability, making it as available to the community as possible."

Shulte said she'd like the department to break vaccine barriers through methods such as those, as opposed to offering incentives or money to vaccinated residents.

The coordinator said it's important to know where to turn for your information regarding the vaccine and suggested everyone speak with their primary care physician to determine if the vaccine is right for each person.

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Ben Fein

Ben Fein is a multimedia journalist for ABC 17 News. You can usually see his reports on weekend mornings or weekdays at 5, 6 and 6:30 p.m. on KMIZ.

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  1. The harder the sell, the less likely I am to buy. Whether the product is a washing machine or a vaccine. If it has to be pushed, that means its not attractive on its own merits. Which in this case likely means that folks are getting enough unfiltered information to determine that the vaccines aren’t all they are claimed to be, and are what they are often claimed not to be. Even the quite weak VAERS recording system that is purposed to the reporting of adverse effects, is counting over 4000 deaths from these vaccines. More than have been reported for all other vaccines combined over the last 20+ years. Many of those other vaccines were pulled from the market for as few as 50 deaths. I suspect many of those resistant to getting vaccinated are resistant because it becomes ever more apparent that those promoting it are not being honest. The simple fact that none of them have had any long term testing of any kind is enough to cause any thinking person to be resistant.

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