It’s gonna be a slow crawl to 70% vaccinated. But we can get there. Let’s do this. 💪🏼 #COVID19 #vaccinate
2) Thank you @BillBramhall for the excellent cartoon!
3) Tucker Carlson is NOT helping damnit. But @iamjohnoliver is.
5) Here is where vaccine uptake is the highest and lowest per capita. We have a lot further to go in many places.
6) Vaccine hesitancy is a real problem. In the Deep South and in Idaho and Montana.
7) the reason we are worried now about uptake is that vaccines administered per day is dropping fast. We will soon be below 2 million shots per day again.
8) That J&J pause… ouch.
9) Seriously, that J&J pause was a serious factor. But the drop overall even in the other vaccines a problem now too.…
10) Vaccine conversion is now the key.
11) that said, it’s hard to get past 65%… Israel having trouble now too.
12) Bring on the financial incentives if necessary. It might be. But there will be a fairness issue to address for those already vaccinated.
15) Good story with lessons how to convince a vaccine skeptic friend.
16) we might need to require vaccines for super high risk / high exposure occupations.
17) listen to one of the most renowned epidemic experts in the word, @rajpanjabi, who has run global health programs for decades, when it comes to mass vaccination programs.
18) We have so much vaccine privilege in America— the rest of the world 🌍 is begging for the vaccine supply that we have. Let’s be grateful.

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