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Letter: Better vaccine rollout would've overcome hesitancies

Letter: Better vaccine rollout would've overcome hesitancies

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Nevada trying to reverse decline in vaccinations statewide

A nursing student administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center at UNLV, Monday, April 26, 2021, in Las Vegas. Nevada health officials are redoubling efforts to make it easier to get COVID-19 shots, with new drive-thru clinics in working-class neighborhoods in Las Vegas and expanded outreach to Reno's Hispanic community, to try to reverse a decline in vaccinations statewide. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Regarding the editorial "Missouri businesses should have a right to require proof of vaccination" (April 18): There are always going to be anti-vax ignoramuses out there, however, here are some reasons they are hesitant:

• People don't know it's free and are afraid to be hit with a big medical bill later.

• Health care systems are asking for health insurance information when people sign up for an appointment, which is making people jump off the internet portal like a scalded cat. SSM and Mercy, I'm looking at you.

• Some are afraid it gives the health care provider an opportunity to collect on past due medical bills.

• Undocumented people might be worried that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents would track them down when they register.

• Some workers have heard horror stories about how sick they could get from the vaccine, and they can't afford to miss a day of work.

These are all problems that could have been avoided with a coordinated national rollout. The incompetence of Missouri's state government officials has been glaring, and these scenarios are prolonging the crisis.

April Silverman • University City 

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