White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds a press conference in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC on April 12, 2021.
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The White House is using alternative methods to reach Americans who are still reluctant to receive a Covid-19 vaccine: NASCAR, country music TV, and shows like “Deadliest Catch,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday.
“We did PSAs for ‘The Deadliest Catch’ and work with NASCAR and Country Music TV. We’re looking for a number of creative ways to connect directly with white conservative communities,” said Psaki.
According to a recent survey by Kaiser Health News, “Republicans and White Evangelical Christians are the most likely to say they will not be vaccinated. Nearly 30% of each group said they will definitely not get a shot.”
A poll by PBS / NPR Marist found that 49% of Republican men said they would not opt for a vaccination if the shot was provided, compared with 34% of Republican women given the same opportunity.
And in 311 counties where at least 80% of voters voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 election, the vaccination rate is 3% below the national average, according to the Washington Post.
Senate Minority Chairman Mitch McConnell last week urged Republicans to get vaccinated. He said, “I’m a Republican and I want to tell everyone that we need to take this vaccine. These reservations need to be put aside.”
The White House is nearing its updated target of 200 million firearms in President Biden’s first 100 days, which is just under three weeks away. But virus variants are spreading in many states, creating uncertainty and a rush to immunize more Americans.