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Healthbeat: “Count Me In” campaign works to build confidence in COVID-19 vaccines

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Roughly 1 in 4 adults has already received the COVID-19 vaccine. Many, many more are waiting their turn, but some are reluctant to get the shot.

That reluctance stems from misinformation about the vaccine, a lack of trust in it — or both.

It’s been one long year since the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of novel coronavirus a global pandemic. Now, with three vaccines available, the COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project has launched what’s called “Count Me In”.

It’s a campaign with one big goal: uplift and encourage people to get the vaccine.

“People want to see other people in their community who are getting it. That’s going to encourage confidence and it’s going to encourage more people to go out and get it when it’s their turn,” said Sue Peschin, MHS, President/CEO, Alliance for Aging Research.

But for some individuals concerned about the science and safety surrounding the vaccine, it takes more than encouragement. It requires myth-busting.

“There’s been a lot of misinformation out there and people also just have legitimate questions and concerns, and we are taking the time to have those conversations, have that dialogue, answer their questions,” Peschin said.

More than 170 organizations joined the effort to dispel mistruths and foster trust. That effort is organized by the Alliance for Aging Research, HealthyWomen and the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging. They’re focusing on older adults, front-line healthcare workers and minority communities to make sure those groups have fair access to the vaccine.

“While we’ve all been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we haven’t all been impacted equally and that’s where the equity peace comes in,” said Peschin.

“Count Me In” includes personal testimonies from journalist and TV personality Meredith Vieira, State College Pastor and Constable Council Nedd and many more. You’re encouraged to share your “Count Me In” story, too.

“We just want as many people as possible to be counted in so please join us,” Peschin said.

You can upload a photo, why you want to get the vaccine and even get a frame for your social media pages. Fact sheets, resources and more available on the “Count Me In” website.

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