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COVID-19 Canvassing Ends in Prince George’s County

Formal efforts to get Prince Georgians inoculated against the coronavirus have borne fruit and will cease, according to an aide to County Executive Angela Alsobrooks.

Workers and volunteers knocked on more than 260,000 doors, sent 547,000 texts and made 1.3 million phone calls with the goal of getting county residents vaccinated, WTOP reported. It would appear the effort had some measure of success: With 8,452 visited in the last week of May, 70% or 5,916 Prince Georgians received their vaccinations between the first and second canvassers.

Anthony McAuliffe, the spokesperson for Alsobrooks, said no single approach appears to have worked but it helped that the canvassers are residents. He said the canvassers telling personal stories of their experiences with the coronavirus as well as providing information on virus-related issues seems to have reached unvaccinated residents.

McAuliffe said while the canvassing has ended, other outreach efforts will continue.

“Dr. [Ernest] Carter, our health officer, has actually attended several different church events to lead conversations around vaccine hesitancy,” McAuliffe said, WTOP reported. “In many cases, where mobile vaccination clinics are brought along, after people get a chance to have their questions answered and their concerns addressed, ‘they’ll walk out of the room and go sign up and get vaccinated even before the event ends.”

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