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As the massive corona virus vaccination effort has gotten underway. We've talked a lot about vaccine hesitancy. People who do not plan to take the Corona virus vaccine. Roughly a quarter of both White and black. Americans don't plan to get the vaccine, according to the latest NPR, PBS News Hour Maris survey. 37% of Latino respondents said they would not get the shot. White Republicans, though, arm or vaccine hesitant than any other group, with 49% of Republican men, saying they do not plan on getting vaccinated, and rural residents were more likely to say that they don't want the vaccine, too. In the small town of Fort Scott, Kansas. One in 11 people has been infected by the coronavirus. Even so, reporters Sarah Jane Tribble found. Some are still questioning how severe the virus really is. 70 year old Linda Findley lives just outside of Ford's God. She's always been active in the community, helping with the Elks and fundraising like a lot of people here. She doesn't think coded 19. Is that dangerous? I don't even know what I think about it. I don't know if I trust the testing, if because it's so messed up, or I've had nieces and nephews of habit. I've lost good friends to it or supposedly. It's too that it seems like no matter what is Finley positive to calm her two little docks and dogs? They get excited when she's on the phone. Everything seems to be growing a virus that mean it's just no matter what somebody has its Corona virus. I don't know whether is there isn't her husband died About two years ago, Robert ran a popular auto body shop. He slipped on the ice and hit his head hard at the end of a work day. The emergency room, along with the hospital had closed days before Fort Scott is one of nearly 140 rule communities that have lost the hospital in the past decade. But not having a hospital doesn't really come up. When people hear talk about coveted, you know, when I got it, I was in good health, and I did take me a while to recover. That's Dave Martin. He's the former city manager, and he's pretty sure he caught Cove in 19 at work last August. I do remember him waking up one of my bad nights and thinking when I was running a temperature and not feeling very well, not thinking. Oh, wow, this could kill me. Congee get killed next day, too, so it didn't really stick with me. After recovering, Martin went ahead with his retirement, he took his wife to Disney, and then they hiked Yellowstone that casual disregard for the dangers of coveted where he's healthcare leaders here. Jason Wesco helps lead the regional clinic that took over primary care services. When the hospital closed me, my family, I think we are a significant minority. I think most people just keep doing have maybe modified a little bit. Maybe they put on a mask in public, but I the way I see it is. I think life here has changed a lot less, and it's changed in D. C. And I think we're seeing the impact of that right. Like much of rural America. The coronavirus skipped over Fort Scott last spring, but the pandemic hit hard in the fall peeking in December. Across the county. Two dozen have died from Cove. It And most people know someone who had the virus and survived. Residents just seemed tired of talking about it. And Finley says she won't get the vaccine. How did they come up with a vaccine that quickly and how do they even know for sure that it's working? The three vaccines approved by federal regulators in the US are being given out to millions? Their efficacy has been shown through massive clinical trials in the U. S and globally. But Linda's skepticism isn't unusual in southeastern Kansas, and that also concerns health leaders like Wesco of the community Health Center. Yeah, I mean, yeah, there's there's hesitancy. I'm sensing that it's less but I guess my point Is when directly provided the opportunity to get it. It's probably a different discussion. When the vaccine is widely available. Wesco says he's hopeful attitudes are changing. His clinic has a wait list for vaccines and is giving out as many doses as they can get their hands on. I'm Sarah Jane Tribble. That reporting came from NPR's partnership with Kaiser Health News. For those lucky enough to get the vaccine. Probably nothing is a sweet as that first hug with a loved one. Those we've had to stay away from in order to keep them. And ourselves safe and we're seeing a wave of those now as vaccination picks up my daughter and son Rob here just just before you see me. As first time a suit for a long time. Well, we have drug Yeah,.