What Will It Take to Boost Vaccinations? The Scene From Kentucky’s Back Roads

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Kaiser Health News

SMILAX, Ky. — In the end it was the delta variant that drove Rose Mitchell, 89, down the winding mountain road to the Full Gospel Church of Jesus Christ to get the shot. Her pastor, Billy Joe Lewis, had told his congregation that, No, ma’am, a covid vaccine would not leave the “mark of the beast” nor rewrite their genetic codes. Mitchell, who has known the deaths of eight of her 13 children over the years, was done taking chances with the virus stealing up the hollers along Cutshin Creek. “That stuff’s getting so bad, I was afraid to not take it,” she said, sitting in her daughter’s car in the…

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