LOW VACCINATION RATE: Columbia Mayor hosts roundtable with government officials to encourage more people to get vaccinated


COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) – 41st nationwide.

This is where Palmetto State ranks nationally for fully immunized residents according to data from Becker Hospital Review.

US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge made a stop in Soda City on Monday. It was part of the Biden administration’s five-city tour of the country to encourage more people to roll up their sleeves. A roundtable in Segra Park was organized by Mayor Steve Benjamin.

“DHEC reported a total of 6,697 new cases of covid on Friday,” Benjamin said. “For [last] week, 31,458 cases. Friday’s total was the 3rd highest daily total since the start of the pandemic. “

DHEC reported more than 3,700 cases on Monday.

“We’re in a place where if we don’t start convincing people to take care of their health, I don’t know if we can come back,” Secretary Fudge said. “I’m not just talking about the need for vaccination. I talk to all of us, but mostly blacks. I don’t want to hear from Tuskegee.

In addition to the mistrust of the black community regarding health care, Representative Jim Clyburn points to the amount of misinformation circulating across the country.

He says it makes the job of politicians and healthcare workers harder and that the current pandemic is much worse than the Spanish flu of 1918.

“Here we are with all the lights of the past 100 years and we have people who are challenging science,” said Rep. Clyburn.

Part of the disagreement here in South Carolina concerns the mask’s mandate. Palmetto State is one of five Republican-led states that are the subject of a federal inquiry into their ban on mask warrants in schools.

In addition to the lack of mandatory masks in schools, Secretary Fudge blames the state’s low vaccination rate on the spread of COVID since the start of the school year.

“Children are dying today because we refuse to be vaccinated,” she said. “I don’t know what I can tell you other than that if we continue down this path we’re going to have more problems than we ever thought.”

The roundtable group continued their visit to a local barber shop where vaccinations were offered.

Yet even with all the pressure to get vaccinated, South Carolina’s fully vaccinated percentage remains below 50%.

“We won’t go beyond if we don’t buy into the science,” Clyburn said. “It’s so simple.”

Currently, DHEC reports that 57% of the state has at least one vaccine injection.

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