Hospital beds and ICU rooms are filling quickly across the commonwealth with COVID-19 cases, according to Kentucky Public Health leaders. Yet only 54 percent of Kentuckians are vaccinated (as of August 16, 2021).
Many unvaccinated people have serious concerns about the vaccines, including the speed at which they were developed and potential long-term effects. That’s why the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky put together a series of graphics directly addressing common concerns, including misinformation about microchips, nano-transducers, infertility, and miscarriages.
“It’s important Kentuckians have the latest data – some of it released just in the past couple weeks – in order to make the best decision for themselves and their families,” said Ben Chandler, president and CEO, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. “The reality is the benefits of the vaccines outweigh the risks of the vaccines or of getting infected with COVID-19 for most people. We all have to come together to stop this virus.”
The Foundation encourages other organizations and employers to share these fact check documents and graphics with their stakeholders, employees, family, and friends who have questions and concerns about the COVID-19 vaccines.
The Foundation and its partners also have two public service announcement campaigns encouraging Kentuckians to get vaccinated. The I Got The Shot campaign, launched in partnership with the Kentucky Nurses Association, features Black Kentuckians naming and responding to common concerns. The premise of the Take It From Me campaign, launched with the Kentucky Hospital Association, Kentucky Medical Association and Kentucky Primary Care Association, is that vaccine-hesitant adults may be more likely to take the shot if they know someone who has already received it.
In addition, the Foundation launched a Ground-Game Challenge to local health care providers, pharmacists and health department directors – exactly whom Kentuckians report as trusted messengers according to the Foundation’s Vaccines in Kentucky Poll – to share vaccine facts with their patients, customers and neighbors.