Xpress reached out to learn about the concerns of health care workers who are choosing to avoid or delay taking the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as the thoughts of those who enthusiastically or reluctantly received the shots.
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Slow progress marks Buncombe vaccine rollout
Of the 1,675 doses of COVID-19 vaccine Buncombe County had been allotted by North Carolina state officials through Dec. 28, the county had given just over 1,000 doses through Jan. 4. Only health care workers, first responders and long-term care facility residents will be able to receive the shot until Monday, Jan. 11.
Rise in immunization exemptions threatens community health, doctors say
North Carolina allows two types of immunization exemptions. Medical exemptions, which must be documented by a physician licensed in the state, are rare. Most of those granted in Buncombe County last year were based on religious beliefs.
Vaccinations prevent disease and build ‘herd immunity’
Local health officials consider why Buncombe County leads the state in the percentage of unvaccinated children and also discuss how immunization builds a shield of protection on a community level.