To boost rural vaccination rates, health officials head for NASCAR

Health officials are hopeful that partnerships through groups like the Healthy Trucking of America and other rural organizations can help budge a skeptical wedge of the population.

WASHINGTON — The federal government, which has long struggled to increase Covid-19 vaccinations in rural areas, is starting to take its shots to where the people are: NASCAR races.

A vaccination tent at the NASCAR Cup Series in Arizona next month — attended by roughly 100,000 people — is the latest effort devised by Health and Human Services officials and advisers keen to reinvigorate booster rates that have stalled amid public fatigue and skepticism.

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