Missouri governor says door-to-door vaccine push would not be effective

Missouri Governor Mike Parson Tweets About Door To Door Vaccine Push 2

That’s a tweet from Missouri Governor Mike Parson on Wednesday. This, after one official noted the effort to combat the coronavirus could include door-to-door promotion of the vaccine.

The state is combating an influx of coronavirus cases. Missouri asked for help last week from the nearly formed federal “surge response” teams. Public health officials blame the increase on the fast-spreading delta variant and deep-seated concerns about the vaccine.

On Thursday, White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeffrey Zeints said that the best people to talk with about vaccinations are “local trusted messengers.” This would include doctors, faith leaders and community leaders, who may go door to door.

“So I would say for those individuals, organizations that are feeding misinformation and trying to mischaracterize this type of trusted messenger work, I believe you are doing a disservice to the country and to the doctors, the faith leaders, the community leaders and others who are working to get people vaccinated, to save lives and help to end this pandemic,” he said.

Parson has urged people to get the vaccination. Instead of enacting restrictions to control the virus’ spread, he has asked residents to take personal responsibility.

Missouri leads the nation with the most new COVID-19 cases per capita over the last two weeks, according to CDC numbers.

In Branson, one hospital became overwhelmed with patients and temporarily ran out of ventilators. They took to social media to ask for help from respiratory therapists.

According to state data, 29.5% of residents in the county where Branson is located have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot. That is below the state rate of 45% and the national rate of 55.1% but not unlike several other southwest Missouri communities. Some have vaccination rates in the teens and 20s.