US vaccination drive is bottoming out as omicron subsides

  • Nurse Jordan Ledbetter prepares to perform a test for COVID-19 outside the Marion County Health Department in Hamilton, Alabama, on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022. The reality of the COVID-19 pandemic reality is colliding with the hope for a late surge of new vaccinations in the county, a rural, mostly white area that trails much of the nation in immunizations. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

  • Nurse Jordan Ledbetter performs a test for COVID-19 outside the Marion County Health Department in Hamilton, Alabama, on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022. The reality of the COVID-19 pandemic reality is colliding with the hope for a late surge of new vaccinations in the county, a rural, mostly white area that trails much of the nation in immunizations. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

HAMILTON, Ala. — A handwritten log kept by nurses tells the story of the losing battle to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19 in this corner of Alabama: Just 14 people showed up at the Marion County Health Department for their initial shot during the first six weeks of the year.