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More Chippewa County residents now in favor of getting COVID-19 vaccine

First vaccinations administered at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire on December 17, 2020

CHIPPEWA COUNTY (WQOW) - Chippewa County's Public Health director says more people in the county are open about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Health director Angela Weideman says before the vaccine first rolled out the health department asked providers to survey their health workers to see how many would accept a vaccine.

Weideman said now, about two months later, they're seeing more people opt into vaccination. She says when she asks what changed their minds most say they simply want the pandemic to be over. Others say that now they've seen others get vaccinated before them it's less intimidating.

"They maybe had a sore arm the day after the shot or a slight headache, or no reactions," Weideman said. So, then they will say, 'I trust it now that I know somebody who received this and it is safe.'"

So far, 2,000 people in Chippewa County have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine.

Mary Pautsch

Mary came to News 18 in July 2019 from Sioux City, Iowa where she graduated from Morningside College with a BA in Spanish after attending Iowa State University for 3 years.

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