July 1 is the date that President Joe Biden wants the country to be 70% vaccinated, and rural areas are far behind urban centers in progress toward that goal.

Agriculture, business, and health care groups addressed the topic of improving rural vaccination rates during a virtual National Rural Business Summit earlier this month to share ideas and strategies to change that.

“We know there are challenges with reaching rural communities based on CDC analysis and Kaiser Family Foundation studies,” said Dr. Bechara Choucair, White House COVID Response Team vaccinations coordinator.

The message of the summit was to change the way people and groups are talking about the vaccine.

Read the full article about rural vaccination rates by Jonathan Ahl at Harvest Public Media.