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How Do You Fight Vaccine Hesitancy?

More than half of all Americans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. But to reach herd immunity, some of those on the fence will need to be convinced.

Ricardo Correa, MD, director of Diversity for Graduate Medical Education and director for the Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, and Farshad (Dr. Shad) Fani Marvasti, MD, MPH, director of the Public Health, Prevention and Health Promotion at the college, joined 12 News as they went to two of the communities where statistics show the most hesitancy.

About the College

Founded in 2007, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix inspires and trains exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders to optimize health and health care in Arizona and beyond. By cultivating collaborative research locally and globally, the college accelerates discovery in a number of critical areas — including cancer, stroke, traumatic brain injury and cardiovascular disease. Championed as a student-centric campus, the college has graduated 593 physicians, all of whom received exceptional training from nine clinical partners and more than 2,400 diverse faculty members. As the anchor to the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, which is projected to have an economic impact of $3.1 billion by 2025, the college prides itself on engaging with the community, fostering education, inclusion, access and advocacy.