It’s hard to ignore that pandemic headlines are taking over. Unfortunately here in the South, with our low vaccination rates, we are a prominent feature in each story as the Delta variant surges across our region. Right now, only a third of Southerners have gotten their first COVID-19 vaccine dose, compared to more than 50% for the rest of the U.S. We have to do better.
For so many, we were finally getting back to enjoying fairs and festivals, live music, indoor dining at restaurants, large family gatherings and in-person church services. These very things that help define our beloved communities are again at risk. And once again, the South is at the top of another bad list that’s putting our loved ones at risk.
It’s crucial that we take additional steps to protect ourselves, our families, and our friends by wearing masks indoors and getting vaccinated. It’s equally important to reach our most vulnerable populations and share the facts about the vaccines: They are safe, they are effective, and they are our greatest hope to finally put this virus behind us.
One of the greatest barriers to boosting vaccine rates is the rapid spread of misinformation about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines. The very people who are the most vulnerable to this virus are the ones getting fed the most misinformation. Couple this with the political polarization of the science behind the virus and the vaccines, and we have a perfect storm that keeps rolling. It’s long past time that our elected leaders stop ignoring what’s right in front of them – this virus isn’t going anywhere unless we come together and protect ourselves using the proven, public health measures at our fingertips.
We must act now to protect ourselves, our loved ones and everything we hold dear in our communities.
Go to vaccines.gov to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines and schedule an appointment now.
Already received the vaccine? Share your story and encourage friends and family via calls, texts, and social media to get the vaccine. It’s this kind of personal outreach that can really make a difference.
We can do this.
Founder & President, E Pluribus Unum