Iowa Lt. Gov. urges Iowans to get COVID vaccine | #healthcare | #elderly | #seniors
SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – As he rolled up his sleeve to get his first COVID-19 vaccine dose, during a vaccine clinic in Sioux City, Iowa Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg encouraged all Iowans to follow suit.
“The state website tracking Covid-19 vaccinations shows more than 950-thousand Iowans have had both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, and another 87-thousand have had the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine,” said Matt Breen. “But, the Iowa Department of Public Health says that’s only about half of Iowa’s adult population. How do you convince those that haven’t gotten the vaccine to roll up their sleeves? And, should you?”
“First of all we’re making great progress in the state of Iowa to have over 900,000 Iowans who have gotten the vaccine,” said Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, (R) Iowa. “That’s great news. But, I’m here in northwest Iowa to deliver a message particularly focused on the men in northwest Iowa. That it’s time for us to step up and get the COVID-19 vaccine. I got mine today. I got my first shot. Guys aren’t always good about being proactive about their health. Sometimes we don’t make all of the routine appointments that we should. We don’t want to jump through a bunch of hoops. Sometimes we think we’re indestructible… particularly young people. So, our message is the COVID-19 virus can be very serious for the elderly. But, it can impact young people pretty seriously, too. So, take the opportunity to protect yourself. Maybe even more importantly protect your family. Protect the rest of your community as we can get back to normal sooner rather than later.”
“What do you say to those Iowans that, despite your plea, will still say ‘it’s not for me… I don’t think I’m going to get the vaccine’.” said Breen. “Is there really any way to get them off the fence and get that shot in their arm?”
“There is probably a sub-set out there that will will never be able to persuade,” said Gregg. “But, I believe there are certain tiers of people in the state of Iowa… there are those that want the shot, and will jump through hoops and drive across the state to get it. They’ve already gotten their shot. Then, there are those that want the shot, but don’t want to jump through hoops. I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to jump through hoops. The vaccine is readily available probably this afternoon if you go out to the Iowa website to find it, or go to HyVee, Walgreens, CVS, or your health care provider. And then there’s a sub-set of folks who are skeptical, but are persuadable. That’s who we’re talking to today. We want to lay out the reasons why. Some folks don’t want to be told what to do. They want to be persuaded, or are open to persuasion. And so that’s why we’re talking about how, even for young and healthy people, it can be a very serious illness. But, the vaccine helps prevent that. “You might get the sniffles still. But, it dramatically decreases your chances of getting hospitalized and certainly your chances of death. It’s very effective in that sense. And then to talk about protecting your loved ones. Maybe it’s an elderly parent, or a grandparent. Maybe it’s a family member that’s fought cancer, or has some other health condition. By getting the vaccine you make it less likely that they’ll get exposed. And, just in the broader sense of protecting our communities, overall. Getting us back to normal, or achieving herd immunity, or getting as close to it as we can. With Dallas Clark here with us today I think of a full Kinnick Stadium come fall. A full Jack Trice Stadium for our Iowa State fans. And, recognizing we’re in the tri-state area, I’ll even say a full Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. These are all good things, and the vaccine gets us one step closer to that.”