As COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue throughout the state, public health officials are continuing their efforts to combat vaccine hesitancy. 

Guthrie County Public Health Director Jotham Arber says there has been a slow down in vaccinations. Arber points out between the ages of 20-40-year-olds is among the lowest number of vaccinations in the county. 

“Younger people aren’t getting as sick so that’s one issue. The other issue, and I think we are going to take some steps here in Guthrie to address it, is a lot of our folks in that age group work.”

Arber tells Raccoon Valley Radio most of the clinics that have been held generally run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. but there have been a few evening clinics which have had good turnouts. Arber says they are looking to make it more convenient for people to get vaccinated. 

“We are going to try and have some evening clinics, as well as some Saturday clinics to allow those folks that are working, especially those that are not working in Guthrie County to be able to access that vaccine close to home.”

Arber says it’s important to get everyone vaccinated.