Health Officials Work To Combat Covid Vaccine Hesitancy

CHARLOTTE, NC – Health officials are working to combat a lack of urgency to get the Covid vaccine. A new survey shows parents wouldn’t be too eager to get their kids the shot either.

“We remain vigilant. But we’re going to keep working towards this vaccination goal and tackle any kind of hesitation head on,” said Gov. Roy Cooper during his last news conference.

Cooper is setting his sights on June 1st and a vaccination rate of 67%. Right now, about 25% of people in the state have been vaccinated.

“ We are headed in the right direction. Vaccines are our way out of this pandemic,” said State Health Director Dr. Mandy Cohen.

Across the country vaccine hesitancy is proving to be an obstacle. According to the CDC, a growing number of Americans, about 8%, are missing their scheduled second dose.

“I think some people are getting frightened by some of the talk, and quite frankly some of the misinformation,” said Andy Slavitt, the White House Senior Adviser for Covid-19 Response.

Officials say they’re staying focused on fighting misinformation and hesitancy. Meanwhile, some parents are unsure about getting the shot for their children.

According to an Invisibly survey of 1258 parents; 26% say they would get the shot for their kids immediately. 41% say they would wait. And 33%  say they have no plans to vaccinate their children.

As vaccination rates slow, health officials are staying optimistic.

“It will be slower, but I think we will continue to get there,” said Slavitt

Only children 16 and older are eligible to be vaccinated. Right now, Pfizer and Moderna are doing clinical trials on vaccines for children as young as six months old.