Independence, skepticism drive low vaccination rates in rural Alberta


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By Jennifer Henderson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Low vaccine uptake in rural communities is partly due to an overall rural culture of independence and skepticism, said Rural Municipalities of Alberta president Paul McLauchlin.
The fourth wave of COVID-19 has come to rural communities in the province, in regions that were relatively unscathed during the first three waves of the pandemic.
McLauchlin said rural Alberta is not unique and low rural vaccination rates are the same across the country.
“It's really a cultural ethos of rural folks [that] we're independent. The majority of people, they don't like being told what to do. They're sceptical. And that's just that's the culture of rural Canadians and...continued

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