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According to the study, SMS can increase vaccination rates; Supreme Court allows eviction break: live COVID-19 updates

In most states in the country there is a delay in vaccination, even as vaccines continue to be available.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most of the reluctance to vaccines came from young, rural and low-income people. Additional data shows that at least 10% of people who have received one dose of one mRNA vaccine have yet to receive a second vaccine.

But some experts have found a solution: Researchers found in a study published in May that people recommended to receive a flu shot by SMS were more likely to be vaccinated, and some states have started using the same strategy. to verify that vaccination rates increase.

Hengchen Dai, an assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, tested UCLA health system text messages and found that message reminders increased vaccination rates by as much as 3.4 percentage points.
Oklahoma launched a statewide texting campaign earlier this month to reach people across the state with details on how to find a date near them. The federal government also launched one in May.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment took a different approach: On Monday, it called residents who had not received the vaccine to remind them to get vaccinated and to give them information on where to get vaccinated.
Several other states have used lotteries and monetary incentives to vaccinate residents.

Study author Dr. Mitesh Patel told CNN that the letter is unlikely to convince a reluctant person to get vaccinated.

But “there are probably 10% of people who are just apathetic,” he said. “They are not against it, but they are not going to do anything to get it and that 10% could really push us towards herd immunity.”

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