Vaccination lags in southern United States

Nashville— Public health departments have installed vaccination clinics in churches. They have organized transfers to the clinics. They have gone door-to-door and have even offered a NASCAR race lap for anyone willing to get vaccinated.

The vaccination campaign in the country is faltering, especially in the south of the country, where there are many more doses than people who are willing to take them.

As reports of new cases and deaths from Covid are plummeting, and many Americans are daring not to wear masks to try to get closer to normal, the decline in vaccination presents a new risk.

As the spread of coronavirus variants and restrictions have been relaxed, experts fear the virus could eventually re-emerge in states like Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, where less than half of adults have started the process of vaccination.

A number of theories have emerged about why the south, which as of this Wednesday is among the eight of 10 states with the lowest vaccination rates, lags behind the rest of the country: the rejection of conservative Anglo-Saxons, concern among African American residents, challenges regarding access to health care and transportation.

Dr. W. Mark Horne, president of the Mississippi State Medical Association, commented “that it is a complex situation and there is no perfect solution.”

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