By Jennifer McRae

DENVER (CBS4)– Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette is addressing COVID-19 vaccine misinformation. She hosted a hearing and talked about gaining trust.

Hesitancy is an obstacle to getting people vaccinated across the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study calling it a “major barrier” to reaching herd immunity.

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Kaiser says that 21% of people living in rural areas say they are definitely not getting the vaccine.

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DeGette hopes to put an end to misinformation about vaccines.

“Getting this clear messaging to all of our citizens who are confused by the information they’re getting that comes from a variety of sources. Misinformation, conspiracy theories, mistrust, etc. I think we need to turn up the volume on the clear information that it’s safe, everyone should do it, it’s your duty as a family member,” said a panel member.

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To combat vaccine hesitancy, the White House announced a plan to spend $3 billion to boost public confidence in the vaccines.

Jennifer McRae