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OC’s vaccination efforts shift from the vulnerable to the hesitant

Orange County Register, May 3, 2021

May 3, 2021

OC’s vaccination efforts shift from the vulnerable to the hesitant

Researcher Suellen Hopfer, [assistant professor], who teaches public health at UC Irvine, just wrapped up a small study with parents and their middle- and high-school-aged kids. Some parents weren’t interest in vaccinating their child because “they feel the risk is manageable,” she said. … Online townhalls also appear to be effective. The Anaheim Union High School District and Latino Health Access held one where parents could ask UCI Health Family Health Centers Executive Director Dr. Jose Mayorga questions. … “My concern is that even in communities where we’re focusing now, there’s still going to be people that we’ve missed,” said Daniel Parker, a public health [assistant] professor and researcher at UCI. “We won’t know that that’s happened until people are getting sick.”