“You don’t need to be scared of it” : VOA hosts Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio to encourage vaccination in Southeastern Kentucky

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 6:17 PM EDT
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CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - With restrictions easing and the country working towards returning to a sense of normalcy, there is still hesitancy about the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Is it skepticism about the effectiveness? Concerns about the safety and whether or not there will be significant side effects and then we’ve been able to bring medical professionals to our staff and clients to be able to engage and really important conversations around the science behind all of this,” said President and CEO of VOA Mid-States, Jennifer Hancock.

That is why the Kentucky Association of Health Plans hosted a vaccination awareness day in collaboration with Kentucky Sports Radio and AdventHealth Manchester at the Volunteers of America location in Clay County.

“This is just a natural extension of that. We know that substance use disorder unfortunately is on the rise during the pandemic and so this is a great way to make sure that we’re marrying this message of getting vaccinated and being healthy and getting access to treatment and getting healthy,” she said.

The idea is to address concerns, while encouraging those considering.

“I was just want to be a voice to say, hey COVID vaccine is positive. You don’t need to be scared of it. We’ve all have it. We have people on the show that are very different and we’ve all gotten it and we feel good about it,” said Host of Kentucky Sports Radio Matt Jones.

For those who decided to receive the one dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine, they left with a bite to eat.

“We’re giving away a free cup of white chicken chili from our friends at the Axis Coffee shop for everyone who is willing to get vaccinated,” said Hancock.

The event serving as one way to help reach herd immunity, by providing a shot of hope.

“Overall this is proven to be safe and effective and it fights the coronavirus. So roll up your sleeves, it doesn’t hurt. I can vouch for it… may have a little discomfort but it’s the thing you need to do,” said Kentucky State Senator for the 25th District Robert Stivers.

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