By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Some states and jurisdictions are texting people to get them vaccinated against COVID-19.READ MORE: Allegheny County Health Director Says Delta Variant Is Fueling Rising Cases, Hospitalizations
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%.READ MORE: 'Itchy Mites:' Preventing Bites And The Itch That Comes With A Mite Bite
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.MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Weather: Temperatures Continue Rising On Thursday
Now, health officials are hoping the same trick will work with the COVID-19 vaccines.