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A psychiatrist on the barriers to getting vaccinated

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Maryland’s positivity rate continues to go down. Health officials say there’s reason to be cautiously optimistic that the end of the omicron surge means a new normal, but warn that new variants can still emerge. Three Baltimore City firefighters have died after fighting a two-alarm fire. And a psychiatrist discusses some of the reasons why people remain unvaccinated, and the importance of compassion.

Sarah Y. Kim is WYPR’s health and housing reporter. Kim is WYPR's Report for America corps member, and Anthony Brandon Fellow. Kim joined WYPR as a 2020-2021 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The GroundTruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. Now in her second year as an RFA corps member, Kim is based in Baltimore City.