minimize barriers as vaccine supply increases

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Publish Date : 2021-04-15


minimize barriers as vaccine supply increases

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – As more vaccines become available, public health officials say they’re working to address hesitations and questions people have so they can get a shot in their arm.

Officials say they’ve seen a small dip in the number of people registering for vaccines, even as more cities and counties move into Phase 2 of vaccine administration.

10 On Your Side spoke with local health officials and FEMA coordinators to understand their outreach efforts in Hampton Roads communities.
Recognizing and removing barriers

Public health officials say there are three main areas they want to address to increase vaccinations: address misinformation, implement smaller community vaccination sites and use trusted community voices to get people vaccinated.

Tim Smith, the FEMA Site Lead at Military Circle, says they want to start by addressing any questions people have so they can get a shot in their arm.

“It’s a scientific explanation a lot of times on why it’s good to get it, but you need to put that in English,” he said. “And so sometimes you just need to hear that.”

Since Phase 1 started, officials also recognized the barrier online registrations presented.

“And we want to remove that barrier,” said Smith. “So we offered walk-up vaccinations to remove it and to make it easier for Hampton Roads to get vaccinated.”

With a walk-in option, coordinators say their next step is to bring that option to smaller locations within the community.

Dr. Parham Jaberi is the Norfolk and Virginia Beach Acting Local Health Director. He says

Walk-in appointments will also eliminate any transportation barriers.

“We realized individuals aren’t always able to come during the work day to the site,” he said. “I mean, they may not feel comfortable in a large city site like this and prefer something in their own community so we’re working through that angle.”

Even with a small dip in registrations, however, the FEMA site at Military Circle says they’re still continuing to vaccinate at least 1,000 people a day.

Cox says Utah may terminate COVID-19 health orders soon

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Spencer Cox said COVID-19 cases are dropping and vaccinations are climbing, meaning Utah could start terminating public health orders soon.

Speaking to reporters at his monthly news conference, the governor backed what legislative leaders told FOX 13 on Wednesday — that COVID-19 health restrictions could be dropped in the next three to four weeks.

"I don’t think it’s too soon. I think it’s great news. I think that’s exciting and the reason that metric is a much better metric than the mask metric," Gov. Cox said. "What I like about this one is the vaccine number is included and that’s the important one, more than anything else."

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FOX 13 first reported on Wednesday that under legislation nicknamed the "COVID-19 endgame," public health orders will start to terminate once case rates, hospitalizations and vaccinations achieve certain benchmarks. The bill's most controversial part lifted the statewide mask mandate, something Gov. Cox has been critical of.

So far, the state has already met the case rate and ICU thresholds. The state is in the midst of vaccinating more people.

"Getting those doses, getting people vaccinated and getting people fully vaccinated is our number one goal. The more people we do, the fewer restrictions we will need at all to keep people safe," the governor told reporters.

Gov. Cox did continue to urge people to follow health protocols, and reminded Utahns that private businesses can require masks and physical distancing. The state has already seen incidents where threats have been reported against people who requested customers wear face coverings.

The governor repeated that he would not lift the statewide mask mandate for K-12 schools, despite recent protests and efforts by some parents to send their children to class unmasked.

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"I would like nothing more than to be completely done with masks everywhere. That’s our goal. That’s what we’re driving towards. We’re so close, so my encouragement is to stick with us. Let’s finish this out. We’re not going to come back with masks in the fall, we’re going to be done with this, we’re getting there," he said. "If we were take masks away right now there would be a whole bunch of kids who would not be able to come to school and we want kids in school."

On Thursday, Gov. Cox announced a change to who qualifies for a vaccine. Now, people who have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days can be inoculated.

"We do have enough supply. Supply continues to grow and more and more people are getting vaccinated now to allow for this change," he said.

Gov. Cox said the federal government's pause on use of the Johnson & Johnson version of the vaccine is not expected to impact Utah's overall vaccination efforts, as the state had not yet received a lot of doses. But he did warn it could start to impact "frontier" communities with harder-to-access to health care. The governor pointed out only a tiny portion of people had reported blood clots as a result of that vaccine.

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"I am fearful that this will have seriously negative connotations with people who are hesitant to get the vaccine in the first place," he cautioned.

The governor said vaccination rates are climbing in minority communities through targeted outreach efforts.

On Thursday, Gov. Cox and First Lady Abby Cox received their second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Other Healt: Public health officials increase community outreach, minimize barriers as vaccine supply increases

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – As more vaccines become available, public health officials say they’re working to address hesitations and questions people have so they can get a shot in their arm.

Officials say they’ve seen a small dip in the number of people registering for vaccines, even as more cities and counties move into Phase 2 of vaccine administration.

10 On Your Side spoke with local health officials and FEMA coordinators to understand their outreach efforts in Hampton Roads communities.
Recognizing and removing barriers

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Public health officials say there are three main areas they want to address to increase vaccinations: address misinformation, implement smaller community vaccination sites and use trusted community voices to get people vaccinated.

Tim Smith, the FEMA Site Lead at Military Circle, says they want to start by addressing any questions people have so they can get a shot in their arm.

“It’s a scientific explanation a lot of times on why it’s good to get it, but you need to put that in English,” he said. “And so sometimes you just need to hear that.”

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Since Phase 1 started, officials also recognized the barrier online registrations presented.

“And we want to remove that barrier,” said Smith. “So we offered walk-up vaccinations to remove it and to make it easier for Hampton Roads to get vaccinated.”

With a walk-in option, coordinators say their next step is to bring that option to smaller locations within the community.

Dr. Parham Jaberi is the Norfolk and Virginia Beach Acting Local Health Director. He says

Walk-in appointments will also eliminate any transportation barriers.

“We realized individuals aren’t always able to come during the work day to the site,” he said. “I mean, they may not feel comfortable in a large city site like this and prefer something in their own community so we’re working through that angle.”

Even with a small dip in registrations, however, the FEMA site at Military Circle says they’re still continuing to vaccinate at least 1,000 people a day.

Many local health departments say they’re resorting to tried and true methods of outreach, like going door-to-door to meet with people.

“We gotta get the message out, right,” said Jaberi.

Before getting people that life-saving shot, they’re hitting the pavement and doing everything they can to dispel any misinformation about the vaccines and meeting people in their own backyards.

“We’re literally knocking on doors, going to community centers, going to recreation centers and we’re really trying to identify community individuals who are trusted and can be our messengers within the community,” said Jaberi.  

In Chesapeake, the health department has more than 50 different partnerships to spread the word about where and when to get vaccinated.

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Jerry Tucker from the Chesapeake Health Department says one partnership is even helping bring people to their appointments.

“We’ve also partnered with Hampton Roads Transit to get free transportation vouchers or passes for those that may have transportation needs to take them to and from our vaccination sites,” he said.

As Chesapeake moves to Phase 2, public health officials say they’re focusing their outreach on underserved communities and home-bound patients.

“This is a population that we want to make sure that we appropriately engage because they may not have all the capabilities that the rest of the population have,” he said.

Chesapeake also created a call center for people who may not have internet access to schedule a vaccine appointment.

Overall, officials believe the key to reaching herd immunity is with those hyperlocal vaccination sites they’re developing right now.



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