Doctors urge COVID vaccination ahead of winter, but worry about weak demand

  • September 22, 2022

By: ( Senior Health Reporter .Priyanka Dayal McCluskey is a senior health reporter for WBUR)


The staff at Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury are texting patients about the new vaccines, and reminding them to get shots when they arrive for regular appointments.

But it can be a hard sell, said Dr. Stephen Wright, medical director of the health center. Some communities are still resistant to taking new vaccines because of previous mistreatment in the health care system.

“We’re hitting it from all angles, and still it’s not enough,” Wright said. “There are a lot of people that are reluctant to get the vaccine for various reasons. But we’re doing everything we can.”

“We hope it catches on. We’re spreading the word, because we really need it. We need some protection.”

A note about Whittier and COVID-19

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