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Caroline Chen:

Yeah, I think the first thing is to recognize that whatever the percentage of people in your region who haven’t been vaccinated yet, they’re not a monolith. So there’s not one reason or one answer. I mean, that would be maybe easier for public health officials to combat, but unfortunately, that’s not the case. So there are going to be a group of die hard, never going to get a vaccine, nothing you say can convince me whether that’s because they have some misinformation at hand that they’re believing or whether it’s a grand conspiracy theory to them.

Unfortunately, they’re just going to be people who are never going to accept vaccinations. But there are many other people who we’ve seen over the course of the pandemic who started out with some questions or doubts, a lot of them, which were very valid, wanting to see more data, wanted to understand the safety profile, maybe that they were confused by misinformation that was going around on the Internet and having the opportunity to have those one on one conversations with their provider, with a family member who could kind of talk them through their fears. That’s what sort of changed their mind. And so I think that there is still a good percentage that can be convinced over time with repeated conversations. And I think that it is doing a disservice to folks who have concerns and fears to just say we’re going to lump you in with people and say like you’re a lost cause here.

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