People explain what changed their minds about getting vaccinated, why they waited until now

BELOIT, Wis. — For the last several months, health officials at pop-up vaccine clinics weren’t seeing a lot of people show up to get vaccinated. But recently, that’s changed.

“Vaccination rates are not declining as they were a few weeks ago. They’re starting to be steady or even increase a little bit,” said Rock County Public Health Nurse Jennifer Weadge.

Weadge said the pop-up clinic hosted at Hackett Elementary School Wednesday was the best turnout she’d seen in months. Close to 20 people showed up to get the vaccine, compared to the six person average at other pop-up clinics in previous weeks.

“It could be from the Delta variant being more transmissible,” Weadge said.

When News 3 Now’s Jamie Perez asked people at the clinic what made them decide to get the vaccine now, people’s answers ranged far and wide.

Adrian Perez, 14, said, “I had doubts at first but after seeing my parents take it and they felt good after, I wanted to take it.”

His sister, Valerie Perez, 16, said her family has a lot of visitors come to her home, and didn’t want to risk getting sick.

“I don’t like what’s going on around the world with COVID-19 so I decided to take the vaccine and finally help change it,” she said. “To be honest, it’s really difficult to stay all day with the mask on.”

Kim Redmond also showed up to get her first shot of the Pfizer vaccine.

“I’ve been exposed to the coronavirus a handful of times,” Redmond said. “Each time it gets scarier and scarier. The new variant is what’s giving me a bit of a feeling. I do have an 11-year-old and I need to be here for her.”

Redmond said at first, she didn’t fully trust the vaccine, but now, “Even though I don’t wholeheartedly feel this may be the solution, I do know that everyone together, we can help bring it to a halt.”