A New Jersey city is getting big bragging rights, after the mayor there said the city has now reached a 100% vaccination rate for adults. But what exactly does that mean – and how did they do it?
Paterson Mayor Andrew Sayegh said that according to recent state statistics – based on population and census – the city has vaccinated 100 percent of eligible residents.
“They’re saying adults 18 and older have at least one dose of the vaccine,” Sayegh said.
That equates to about 107,000 adults, but it doesn’t count undocumented residents. Just this past May, Paterson was battling widespread vaccine hesitancy. Then it rolled out to mobile devices, which made all the difference. Now, the sites and reach continue to expand.
The city is also employing an army of influencers, with a particular focus on African-American men. There was great skepticism not only about vaccines, but also about COVID itself, less than a year ago. But the city has been working to combat misinformation and spread about the vaccine.
“So then we ramped up our efforts to recruit African-American men who were influential and could convince anyone who was hesitant to come,” Mayor Sayegh said.
Although the statistics say that 100% have had at least one shot, there are still doubters in the wobbly city, both men and women.
The fear is that the omicron is hitting Paterson in particular, and forcing schools to travel remotely until at least January 24.
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