Monday, July 15, 2024

After early stumble, Missouri COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues to ripple across rural counties

While Missouri’s urban counties remain roughly consistent (34-36%) across percentage of population vaccinated, it’s feast or famine for many rural areas. Some jurisdictions are vaccinating over one-third of their population while others struggle to reach double digits. Blackford’s Nodaway County is one of the success stories. Ten days after Parson’s announcement, a collaboration among Northwest Missouri State University, the Mosaic Medical Center and the Nodaway County Health Department administered over 700 first-dose vaccines to Phase 1B candidates.

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Trusted nonprofits make strides against vaccine hesitancy in underserved L.A. communities

The SELA Collaborative has now vaccinated more than 6,000 people and is one of several nonprofits in Los Angeles County playing a community-focused, often personalized, role in the distribution process. While getting shots into arms remains a massive government undertaking at every level, these organizations have operated in their respective areas for years — generations, in some cases — and their deep roots help them identify and address any vaccination barriers.

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