Charlotte, North Carolina – Wilbur, a 39-year-old chef at a restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina, has refused to receive the coronavirus vaccine for months because of suspected adverse side effects.
“At first I was scared because people said all kinds of things about the vaccine and you responded to it,” Wilbur, who declined to give his last name, told the U.S. at a pop-up vaccination center in Charlotte this week. Voice.
However, when the highly transmitted delta variant of the coronavirus caused a high number of cases in the region, Wilbur finally decided to face his fears and receive an injection.
“My initial reaction was fear, but I didn’t feel so uncomfortable after the first shot. I came for the second shot today,” said Wilbur, the father of two children.
“I will soon let my daughters get vaccinated when they are free because they are all in school,” he added. “One is 16 years old and the other is 18 years old.”
More and more Americans have overcome their hesitation on vaccines and go to vaccination centers, clinics and pharmacies for vaccinations. Wilbur is one of them. After the Biden administration’s vaccination campaign was significantly stalled this summer, many people are now seeking vaccinations because of reports of severe coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and a significant increase in deaths.
According to media reports, in many southern states, including North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee, the increase in vaccination has been particularly pronounced. The proportion of people who have received at least one dose of the vaccine in these states is much lower than the national average. level. 60%.
For example, in North Carolina, from July 7 to August 16, the first dose of vaccine per week increased from 39,288 to 87,080, which more than doubled. According to the national health department.
Shani Reel, a 23-year-old resident of Charlotte, had just received a second dose of the vaccine this week. She told VOA, “It is definitely the rise of the delta variant that ultimately prompted me to get the vaccine.”
The Delta variant severely hit the Charlotte area, the county seat of Mecklenburg County. According to the county official websiteThe average 14-day COVID case has roughly doubled in the past month, from 288 confirmed cases on July 28 to 564 on August 25.
Dr. Tracy Ball, working at a pop-up COVID vaccine and testing site on a busy road near Charlotte’s Midwood Square, told VOA that “of course” more people will come out to get vaccinated. Important.
“I mean, our positive rate reached 15% again, which is where we were in January,” Bauer said, referring to the extremely high percentage of people in the city who tested positive for the coronavirus.
Ball is a full-time doctor in the Old North State Medical Society (ONSMS), a non-profit organization founded by African Americans in North Carolina to provide medical services to communities that traditionally have difficulty accessing medical services.
The scroll is an example of a vaccination switch that Bauer and other health care officials are trying to recruit. Reel works from home as a consulting analyst. Although her family members who live with her have been vaccinated, she is not sure at first.
“It’s all about long-term effects, not short-term effects,” Reel said when asked what made her hesitate in the first place.
Reel said that although she was nervous about the first few days after the vaccination, she now feels relieved.
Rael told VOA: “After I was vaccinated, I feel better when I go out in public. I do feel more protected, even though I still wear a mask when I go out.” “But in general, It really makes me feel better. This is an obstacle that needs to be overcome.”
Drive-in vaccination points
A large influx of people into another mass vaccination site near Charlotte’s Liberty Avenue is mainly held as a drive-through event, providing short-term on-site services, organized by the local chain of emergency care clinics StarMed.
James Simmons is one of the local residents. He comes with his girlfriend and mother.
Simmons, 32, is a porter. Although he encouraged his girlfriend and mother to eventually come out for vaccinations, he himself was reluctant.
“I heard you got sick a few days later [getting the shot] I can’t have these because I want to support my children and family. If anything happens, I can’t just take a break,” Simmons explained.
“But I might get it eventually,” Simmons added. “Now the number is very high, and I can’t afford to contract the virus.”
The site offers a $100 gift card for those who choose to vaccinate, which may be convincing to many people from low-income backgrounds in the area.
Voice of America spoke with Shay, a 39-year-old activist, who declined to give her last name. Although she is happy that people are vaccinated in large numbers, she said that people shouldn’t commit to vaccinations just for monetary rewards.
“People should still come here no matter what they get, just for safety, for the people we love-for their loved ones, moms, children, the whole community, it’s not worth catching it and giving it to others,” Shay told VOA.
“But it’s good-I’m actually very happy,” Shay said of the large turnout generated by the event.
StarMed and ONSMS will continue to set up mass vaccination points in different locations throughout the Charlotte area to provide Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. StarMed also carries Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Bauer told VOA that her job also involves information sharing.
“Part of the reason we are here is to answer questions. Many people are not sure,” Bauer said. “This is an effort. If we can encourage a person to get vaccinated, it is a benefit.”