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Tallahassee Moving From Vaccine Delivery To Vaccine Persuasion

A dozen men and women outside in line to be inoculated.
Tom Flanigan
Those providing the vaccinations at Saturday's drive-through clinic at the Truth Gatherers Dream Center Church on High Road weren't exactly overwhelmed by the turnout.

The city's Coronavirus Task Force has launched educational outreach campaigns through grants to community groups and churches.

The pace of coronavirus vaccinations in Tallahassee appears to be slowing. The emphasis now is shifting from giving out the shots, to convincing the reluctant that they need to get the vaccine.

Saturday morning's drive-thru COVID vaccination event at the Truth Gatherers Dream Center Church on High Road wasn't exactly slammed. The threatening weather was certainly a reason, but local Coronavirus Task Force Member Elaine Bryant suspected other factors at work as well.

"We're trying to dispel these myths, because they're everywhere! The shot will do this, that and the other. In reality, what the shot does is to keep you safe from this virus."

So along with the pop-up vaccination clinics, Bryant said the task force is helping community organizations and churches to spread the truth about the vaccines.

"Especially we're targeting African-Americans, people of color, and people in rural areas to actually come and get a shot."

Estimates are as much as a third of the population could remain unvaccinated. Health officials worry that will make widespread immunity to the virus more elusive and may promote the creation of more deadly variants.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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