tv Doctors Discuss Combating Vaccine Hesitancy CSPAN July 1, 2021 10:50pm-11:11pm EDT
we need to be looking along those lines rather than expecting people to come in and request vaccines. the more we can go to the community and bring information and experts to them, the better. representative: i yield back. chair clyburn: thank you. i am told miss mo loney is on her way -- miss maloney is on her way. i will ask the witnesses to bear with us as we observe a five-minute recess. we will recess for five minutes to give members time to get back from this vote. [apple striking block --
[gavel striking block] >> i think the witnesses for their indulgent. i understand ms. maloney has returned, looking now, i recognize, at chairman bilotti for five minutes. >> thank you mr. chairman. i'm very concerned about the lagging vaccinations and the rates of vaccination in younger americans. according to the cdc, just half of americans between the ages of 18 and 39 have received one or
more doses of the vaccine, compared to more than 85 percent of americans age 65 and older. ms. bush, i really admire that you have been so outspoken on this issue. what message do you have for young americans who have yet to get vaccinated. >> thank you very much, a representative. i think it's very important for us to acknowledge the fact and how we feel about them. we have seen that cases are dropping, and the rates of vaccination -- remain unchanged since january of this year. and we know that more and more young people have contracted covid and we know that it is not , just adults. covid-19 is among the top ten pediatric killers currently. so this does matter for all of us if this does matter for young people. and i understand that there is an air
of invincibility at times, especially because if -- in the initial stages of the outbreak of the pandemic we thought that this is something that mostly affected older americans. that's simply not true and especially for young people with so much of their lives ahead of them who , have dreams that their -- they are building on, academic careers to pursue, so much of that is a magic, frankly, because it happens in person, because of who we meet, we fall above with, -- fall in love with. come up when wind up working. and i don't want young people to lose those opportunities. and representative waters asked how entertainers and actors and activists and athletes can play a part. what i would encourage any young person watching to think about today is how many of us you know through through a screen or through a sport who you've seen get vaccinated and our bodies are literally our jobs.
when i watched megan or now, and sue byrd not only get vaccinated in seattle, but volunteer at a vaccine side i knew that would -- vaccine site, a new would be meaningful to young people. to see icons, professional athletes whose bodies are their business, whose bodies have to run like gladiators, glenn into the get a vaccine to protect themselves and also their families. and so my hope is that if you are a little less interested in politics than most of us in this room, that perhaps the people who you look up to the athletes and entertainers, , et cetera, you know don't really have anything to do generally with what's happening in these rooms come up believe in medical science, believe in the innovation, understand that as we look at a global number of over 3 billion vaccines that have been administered, we are doing great. this will save lives, and in particular it will allow young people to get back to the future that they are pursuing. >> congressman mahoney, one of
the points i made in my written testimony was the department of education should support school-based vaccination clinics. that will especially help with our sports teams. when you look at there are numerous examples of people whose harm -- whose lives were harmed by the social consequences of not getting facts it as opposed to the health consequences. young people in many cases are not going to be scared into getting the vaccine by the health harms but we need to help them understand of getting vaccinated will help them get their lives back to normal, when they go back to school, some of them in just a few weeks, it will won't after working if they're exposed to someone. they won't have to wear masks in most cases if they been vaccinated. important to show the benefits that actually matter to the group --
>> i only have a limited amount of time, i wide to ask a question about my home state of new york. we have offered 50 full ride scholarships to any new york state public college to anyone who gets vaccinated. we've also offered lottery scratch off tickets with a grand prize of $5 million to those 18 and older and free baseball tickets among other incentives. dr. milkman, what strategies she would be using to increase vaccination rates among younger americans and anyone else. dr. milkman. >> thank you for the question, congresswoman. i think it's wonderful what new york is doing. it's great to see this kind of incentives in particular, appeal to young people. i think in addition to scholarships, we can think about other ways that we can particularly target young people and congressman walters earlier
mentioned celebrities. there are lots of things that we can offer and the lottery is beside scholarships that might be even more exciting to young americans. i think there's an opportunity to try to get artist engaged, you know free concert tickets are in opportunity, meet your favorite musician for lunch. those are the kinds of things you could ssent consider also putting on offer in lotteries that might particularly appeal to young people, and having the kind of events that we mentioned in seattle where sports icons, and you could meet them and get your vaccine. i think the more we can engage with artists and entertainers and get them involved, the better. >> thank you, my time is expired, thank you. >> thank you ms. maloney, i don't know that congressman dash
has returned, he may be on the way. i don't want to keep the witnesses longer than we need to, so the ranking member is not here for his closing statement, i am going to proceed to my closing statement, and i will interrupt myself if mr. personal were to return. i would like to enter into the record, 21 letters of the select subcommittee has received in recent days from organizations represented health care providers and africans. i won't read off the names of all 21 organizations, but each of these groups has written to emphasize the critical importance of overcoming vaccine
hesitancy, so we can increase vaccination across the country and contain this deadly virus. i'm going to ask unanimous consent that these letters be entered into the official hearing record, unless there are objections. i'm going to order that they be in. without objection, so ordered. in closing, i want to thank mr. garza, dr. benjamin, dr. milkman, dr. adams, and ms. bush for testifying before the select subcommittee today. we appreciate your personal stories, your expertise, and your leadership. i would also like to think the ranking member for his participation in this effort.
we need to inform all americans of the truth. coronavirus vaccines are safe and effective. to overcome the hesitancy around the country, we must meet the skeptics where they are. we must enlist community organizations to inform the groups there represent. we must also continue working to break down barriers and vulnerable communities, including technology, transportation, and language disparities. to reach of those who want the vaccine but are unable to get it. we must also recognize that there are many unvaccinated americans on the fence. not opposed to getting vaccinated, but not eager enough to have done so already. we can learn from those states
who have come up with smart ways, such as lotteries, free giveaways, sweepstakes, and other incentives to increase uptake among those who in need extra encouragement. the american public is still at risk. the more that the coronavirus continues to circulate, both in the united states and globally, the greater the risk the deadlier, more contagious, and vaccine resistant variants could emerge. to lower this risk, and to end the pandemic once and for all, it is crucial to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible. we need to continue developing and lamenting innovative solutions to encourage everyone
to receive their vaccinations. i look forward to working with all of you on today's panel with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and with the biden administration to do so. before close, i wish to recognize representative -- for five minutes. >> thank you, chair cliburn, can you hear me? >> yes. >> i want to ask the panel couple questions, i'm sorry i am running back and forth with boats and press conferences. my question is this, which is a desk in any of the panel's speak to, i apologize if you cover this, can any of the panelists
speak to what has been effective in encouraging people who are hesitant about taking the vaccine to do so now? and the more specific that you can be in terms of any examples of what has worked, i would be most grateful. >> i would be happy to take this one for a moment and then turned over to others. some of the key things we have seen that do work are lotteries. lotteries are working. there's a 28% increase in vaccination among those 60 and up in ohio -- 16 and up in ohio after announcement of ohio's -- 50,000 to 80,000 additional doses delivered after that lottery was announced. we know people also respond to large incentive payments. there's some risk the smaller incentives can actually backfire
by -- that we have to pay you. it might be risky to take the vaccine, -- people are motivated by productive -- less restrictions. like that happen to her must say means a lot to a lot of people. another thing that works very well our mandates, even though they are unpopular, for good reason. when there is a mandate, it is highly effective. colleges and universities are mandated that people get vaccinated when they come back to campus in the fall. that is going to make a huge difference. larger numbers would help, especially we know there are low vaccination rates among the young. as another strategy we could think about encouraging. employers can also impose mandates, and i think we should be looking at whether or not there ways to encourage more employers to do that, given the huge impact it has on
vaccinations in your community. >> is there a particular messages, especially with young people that seem to work better than others and getting them to get vaccinated. obviously, aside from saying that you have to do it, from a mandatory vaccination standpoint? >> it is important to hear from people who they trust and respect and admire. there's a discussion about musicians, athletes, the kinds of people we look up to. young people respond more to that than to hearing from a politician. everyone responds well to hearing from a trusted medical source. so if young people have a doctorate the are having conversations with having this in-depth conversation could be as powerful as well just as role models. social norms. i see my friends doing something, it makes me much more there's a makes a much more attractive to doing it.
more we can convey to people how may other young people are making the choice to get vaccinated, make that really visible in social media, that will propel up and more. >> with something as a bull is having people who have been vaccinated get online and share it that they were vaccinated, with that make a difference? >> it should. we know that in other contexts, when young people see a number of their friends have voted, it increases their likelihood of voting. it increases the social connection -- the closer the social connection the more the impact. the more visible we can make it when young people vaccinate, the more we can access to tell their friends, can send a message to friends, the better. >> as a been something that has not been done in that should be done? i would imagine there is a lot of social media campaigns that
involve what i referred to, but perhaps i'm wrong about that. can you think of other things that need to be done on social media that haven't been done that would be effective. >> one thing i advocate for, for all populations, but young people in particular is convenience. whatever we can do to make it feel like the lightest possible left to get the vaccine, like you roll up, roll out of bed, boom, it's done. college campuses, bring it to your dorm room, your friend shows up and escort you to the vaccine center and you already have an appointment, everything is set up for you. that would help with a lot -- that would help a lot with this population, i don't think we've done enough of that. >> thank you so much. i go back. >> thank you for your questions, thanks once again to
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