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Why are so few people getting vaccinated in the Inland Empire?

The Sun, June 18, 2021

June 18, 2021

Why are so few people getting vaccinated in the Inland Empire?

Though the shot is free, people working two jobs and raising children have a hard time getting time off to get the shot, said Dr. Geoffrey Leung, Riverside County’s public health officer said. “It seems to be harder with families that are struggling because they have so many other priorities,” he said. But UC Irvine [associate] professor and epidemiologist Andrew Noymer said that is no longer true. “You can walk into any retail pharmacy and get vaccinated,” he said Monday, June 14. “That affluence argument doesn’t wash.”