Herd immunity, Covid shot hesitancy, and trusted vaccine ambassadors

Listen 49:14
A health worker administers a dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

A health worker administers a dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic at the Grand Yesha Ballroom in Philadelphia, Wednesday, March 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

President Biden wanted 70% of adults to have at least one Covid shot by July 4th but it’s looking like the country may fall short with just 65% of American adults currently vaccinated. And as vaccination rates plateau, the new more severe Delta variant is becoming more prevalent which puts the unvaccinated at even greater risk. We start this hour talking with public health physician DR. LEANA WEN about where we stand in the pandemic with infections, vaccinations and the new variant. Also, are donuts, beer and the lottery helping or hurting the effort? Then, we’ll look at how barber shops and hair salons in Philadelphia are working to get more shots in arms. Philadelphia Cuts owner DARRYL THOMAS and ANN TURNER, owner of Hair Du Jour Salon, join us along with University of Pennsylvania senior cardiology fellow NORRISA HAYNES to talk about why barbers and hair stylists are effective vaccine ambassadors.

Subscribe for more Radio Times

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal