It’s troublesome to say what’s driving the lower. Even earlier than use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was paused, shipments had dipped due to a manufacturing unit error that had ruined hundreds of thousands of doses.
Larry Bergner, the administrator for the well being division in Newton County, Mo., inhabitants 58,000, mentioned demand there had been falling earlier than the pause. He was involved that the federal authorities’s determination had made much more folks in his space hesitant about getting the vaccine.
“Some inform me that that they had deliberate on getting vaccinated till J.&J. was halted,” Mr. Bergner mentioned. “Now, they are saying they’ll maintain off till they really feel assured that each one vaccines are protected.”
The county had distributed fliers and made telephone calls to companies, church buildings and different neighborhood teams to drum up curiosity for a vaccination clinic on Wednesday, however solely 14 folks confirmed up. It was truly about double what Mr. Bergner had anticipated, he mentioned, although the well being division might have dealt with about 100 photographs.
Dr. Walensky mentioned the federal authorities deliberate to emphasise the vaccine’s security to People who may be hesitant to take it after the pause.
“We’ve got to do extraordinary outreach to clinicians, as we have now been doing this previous week,” she mentioned. “We have already got plans to begin that on Monday, to public well being officers. After which we have now to do extraordinary outreach to sufferers, to fulfill folks the place they’re at, to coach them.”