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Cayuga County is over 20% behind state in total COVID vaccination: Officials say conversations are getting more difficult

There’s growing concern among health leaders in Cayuga County that the COVID-19 vaccine rate is too low.

Last week when the Cayuga County Board of Health met, the biggest frustration was with residents not taking advantage of the vaccine.

Despite the evidence that the vaccine reduces the severity of COVID cases, as well as a number of statewide efforts – Cayuga County’s full-vaccination rate sits around 54%. The state’s overall vaccine rate is 77.1%.


The common thread: A lack of trust among those who are unvaccinated.

“Over the course of time, the conversations have become increasingly more difficult,” Nancy Purdy said, according to The Citizen’s reporting of the most-recent meeting. “Even those that are ill and that haven’t been vaccinated, it’s just a very tough conversation because they just don’t necessarily trust.”

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