Reaching out to people who are still unvaccinated for COVID-19

A man smiles as a health care worker applies a vaccine shot.
Pine City resident Brad Samuelson got vaccinated for COVID at the Pine County Fair on Aug. 4. “I am not totally excited about getting it," he said. Being able to spend time with family drove his decision, not the $100 incentive which he said he would probably donate to someone.
Mark Zdechlik | MPR News file

As the delta variant surged last month, more Americans got vaccinated against COVID-19. But one in four Minnesota adults is still unvaccinated against the virus, and their reasons for turning down the shots are varied and personal.

Guest host Catharine Richert talked with a family doctor and a family therapist about what’s behind vaccine hesitancy and how to have conversations with people who are vaccine hesitant. She also spoke with a community organizer about the reasons why he hasn’t gotten a vaccine shot.


  • Dr. Eduardo Medina is a family physician at HealthPartners Park Nicollet Clinic in Minneapolis.

  • Bill Doherty is a family therapist and professor of family social science at the University of Minnesota. He’s co-founder of Braver Angels, an organization that brings together reds and blues to try to depolarize America. 

  • Tommy McBrayer Jr. is a community organizer in south Minneapolis and vaccine hesitant.

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