In a new one Public Service Notice will air on TV in Wisconsin starting this week and banter back and forth with POLITICO, Walker and Doyle.
“Let’s do a commercial together to remind people of Wisconsin the importance of getting vaccinated,” Walker said in the ad.
“This is maybe the best idea you’ve ever had,” replies Doyle.
The two have teamed up as officials in Wisconsin – like many battlefield states that are ideologically divided – are trying to reach those sections of the population who have resisted vaccination.
“It’s not a political issue. This does not refer to Trump or Biden or Fauci or anyone else, “Walker said in an interview. “It’s just the two of us who say, ‘Hey, we agree. We think it’s a good idea to get vaccinated. ”
UW Health, an academic medical system affiliated with the University of Wisconsin that is behind the public service announcement, removed the ad as the state seeks to address the sharp differences in vaccination rates across counties. In Wisconsin, Some counties have vaccination rates below 30 percent while others approach 70 percent.
As in other parts of the country, Wisconsin has low percentages in both rural and urban areas, reflecting reluctance across the ideological spectrum. Most publicly available data shows that Trump supporters are the least vaccinated constituency in America. In Wisconsin, this was not aided by the fact that the most prominent Republican elected official, Senator Ron Johnson, has expressed skepticism about the need to get vaccinated quickly.
But African-American communities, which overwhelmingly vote democratic, have also seen lower vaccination rates. In Wisconsin, some of this has been attributed to get access to the vaccine Disinformation campaigns were also quoted.
“We knew we would have a sizeable population of vaccine reluctants on both the right and left, in which politics at least partially played a role,” said Tom Russell, spokesman for UW Health. “We thought that advertising strange bedfellows might be a great way to break some resistance to the vaccine and show that this is really something that is good for all of Wisconsin.”