The Biden administration’s plans to mass-vaccinate the entire nation over the coming months continues to struggle with convincing rural white conservatives to get their COVID-19 vaccines — calling the effort an attempt to “meet people where they are.”
Speaking to reporters at her daily briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki discussed the effort after being asked about how the administration was handling the large swath of Republicans who do not want to be inoculated.
“We’ve run PSAs on ‘The Deadliest Catch,’ we’re engaged with NASCAR and Country Music TV,” the top White House spokeswoman said.
“We’re looking for a range of creative ways to get directly connected to white conservative communities. We won’t always be the best messengers, but we’re still trying to meet people where they are, but also empower local organizations,” she continued.
“No state is 100 percent vaccinated, as — as we know. So our focus has been working with them on how to get them to the communities that are the hardest hit,” she responded to one of the reporters.
In response to a reporter’s question on overcoming the obstacle of vaccine hesitancy, Psaki said: “So investing $3 billion to states and community-based organizations to strengthen vaccine confidence in the highest risk and hardest-hit communities and often people think of that as just black and brown communities and that is not, as you’ve noted that conservative communities, white evangelicals…”
She continued, “It’s a range of communities around the country what we’ve found to be most effective is to work with these local organizations. So faith-based organizations, community health organizations, civic leaders, and others who can really get this message deeply in communities”.
“We’ve also had a number of our COVID team from Dr. Fauci and Dr. Collins participate, as an example, participate in a range of media interviews, an example is Dr. Collins participated in the 700 Club, Dr. Nunez-Smith hosted a faith leader’s roundtable”, said Psaki.
She added, “We’ve run PSAs on the ‘Deadliest Catch,’ we’re engaged with NASCAR and country music TV. We’re looking for a range of creative ways to get directly connected to white conservative communities. We won’t always be the best messengers, but we’re still trying to meet people where they are, but also empower local organizations”.
That the Biden administration has chosen NASCAR and country music TV to reach “conservatives” serves as an exclamation point for the contempt of the ruling liberal coastal elites.