By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Some states and jurisdictions are texting people to get them vaccinated against COVID-19.

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They are using data from a study on flu vaccination rates as the inspiration for this program.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found text messages about the flu vaccine increased the vaccination rate by about 5%.

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Messages that told patients a vaccine was “reserved” or “waiting” for them were the messages that performed the best.

They also found that text messaging using humor didn’t work as well.

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Now, health officials are hoping the same trick will work with the COVID-19 vaccines.