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Delta Variant Flourishes As Vaccination Rates Stagnate

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Vaccination rates in Missouri are starting to slow down while many parts of Missouri are seeing an increase of positive tests.

Parts of rural Missouri are experiencing a rise in case numbers due to the more easily transmissible Delta variant.

Despite promising vaccination rates early in the year, Missouri's state-wide percentage for fully vaccinated individuals has plateaued at about 39%. A smaller number of people getting vaccinated coupled with the more contagious variant of COVID-19 has caused rural parts of Missouri to become hot spots for infection. "What we went from was brakes and the emergency brake on, to the accelerator," said Dr. Gene Olinger. "We didn't have a middle ground."

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