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WVU in the News: Country in-roads: Building vaccine confidence in rural America

EPIDEMIC is a weekly podcast series on the science, public health and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The series helps listeners understand the latest science and the bigger context, bringing diverse angles—from history to politics to virology—depth and texture. Hear from some of the world’s leading infectious disease, public health and other experts.

Rural America’s vaccine rollout has bucked expectations. A recent survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that four in 10 rural Americans reported getting at least their first dose of vaccine. That’s compared to three in 10 in urban and suburban areas. In this episode, we’re going to hear how healthcare workers are getting the word out about vaccination in three different rural communities. We’ll hear about the challenges to convincing people to get the vaccine, what’s working and what it’s like to volunteer in a rural vaccination clinic.

Listen to the EPIDEMIC podcast featuring  WVU School of Medicine and School of Public Health Professor Christopher Martin, MD, and WVU School of Nursing Clinical Assistant Professor Dana Friend, FNP-BC, MPH.