Pro-vaccine messages touting safety & scary COVID stats can backfire, new study suggests

CHICAGO — The messages that worked to persuade unvaccinated people to roll up their sleeves this spring may not work anymore. That’s according to new survey research, which also finds some pro-vaccine messages can backfire and lead to greater hesitancy. The study was conducted by Civis Analytics — a Chicago-based technology company focused on data-driven […]

How Being A Chaplain Gave One Pastor A Sense Of Urgency In The COVID Fight

CHAMPAIGN — Keith Thomas wears many hats in the Champaign-Urbana community.  He’s a full-time pastor at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church. And he’s also been on the frontlines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, working as a hospital chaplain at OSF HealthCare. Thomas says the hardest situations he’s been in — as a local chaplain — have […]

Drop In Childhood Immunizations Worries Pediatricians

COLUMBIA, Mo. — In the decades he’s spent as a pediatrician, Dr. Christopher Wilhelm has never had to treat a child with rubella. “People have just been so used to getting shots and getting their vaccines, and that’s keeping disease down of many things that were very traumatic to children,” Wilhelm said. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s4780019/audio/2021/09/hwshowchildhoodimmunizations-sfx-mixdown.mp3 Listen to […]

As Trusted Voices, Farmers Could Be Key To Boosting Rural Vaccination Rates

When he first became eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in Illinois, Tom Arnold, 68, says he didn’t need any convincing. He raises cattle, hogs and chickens in Elizabeth, a small rural town in the northwest corner of the state. After all, who better to understand why herd immunity matters than a herdsman? “Being a livestock […]

Faith Leaders In McLean County Seek To Boost COVID Vaccinations

NORMAL — Surveys show white evangelicals, people of color and rural residents are among the most likely to refuse the COVID-19 vaccine. As vaccination rates drop, health officials are targeting those specific groups to encourage vaccination to get closer to herd immunity. They say you should talk to the people you trust if you have […]

A Third Of Champaign County Health Care Workers Declined The Vaccine, Health Officials Say

URBANA – Despite more Champaign County residents becoming eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, one-third of health care personnel in the county still aren’t vaccinated due to their own concerns about the vaccine, according to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD).  Champaign County is currently in the middle of Phase 1b of its vaccine rollout […]