Quinnipiac University, Dept. of Public Health team up to educate people about COVID-19 vaccine
Health officials say vaccine hesitancy is one of the leading factors in the rising number of cases in young people across the country, so Quinnipiac University and the Department of Public Health have teamed up to educate people about the COVID-19 vaccine.
The program recruited about 100 students from 10 communities with the highest social vulnerability, educated them and deployed them to speak with people at events and answer questions about the vaccine.
The students gathered that the majority of people hesitant about the vaccine were between ages 12 to 24 and included people of different races and ethnicities, which showed with lower vaccination rates in these categories.
They said people asked questions about accessibility of getting the vaccine for those who worked, side effects and hot topics often talked about on social media like infertility.
Officials say 70% of people between the ages of 12 and 24 have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Connecticut. The national average is 58%.