West Virginia promises campaign to reach vaccine hesitant

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This picture taken on November 17, 2020 shows a syringe and a bottle reading “Vaccine Covid-19. (Photo by JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Friday the state is planning a “real aggressive program” to revive its sluggish vaccination campaign.

State data show nearly 39-percent of the population has received at least one dose.

Officials said they will target people who are either reluctant to get a shot or haven’t found a convenient enough chance yet.

Justice said more steps would be announced in the coming days to try to turn around a vaccination drive that briefly led the nation early in the year.

He said that will include outreach to people who are “stubborn or fearful” about being vaccinated.

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