Dolly Parton roll up their sleeves. But about 18 percent of American adults said they would probably not or definitely not get vaccinated, according to a recent survey by the Census Bureau.

Nationwide, people’s embrace of the vaccine has split sharply on partisan lines, with a third of Republicans saying they would not take the vaccine and another 20 percent saying they were unsure, according to a CBS News/YouGov poll. Ten percent of Democrats said they would not take the vaccine.

Across Cherokee Nation, people who jumped to get vaccinated said they wanted to protect themselves and, more important, safeguard their community, elders and children who are still not eligible to get shots.

Those who hesitated said they still had too many questions — about the vaccines’ efficacy, side effects and the speed they made it to market. The three vaccines that have received emergency authorization in the United States have been shown to greatly reduce serious illnesses and deaths from the virus, and all went through layers of review by the government and outside scientists.

vaccine slots went unfilled because people did not realize they were eligible.

The nurses who run the Cherokee Nation’s vaccination program are obsessed with how to reel in more people. They are planning to vaccinate eligible students at Sequoyah High School. There is talk of vaccinations at barbecues, and T-shirts for the newly vaccinated. The health service has called and sent out mass texts asking unvaccinated members whether they are willing to come in.

One of those messages found Sherry Garrett, 68.

She and her husband had harbored deep suspicions about the vaccine and had planned to refuse it. But then her sister died in July after what her family believes was an undiagnosed case of Covid-19 months earlier. Someone at Walmart coughed in Ms. Garrett’s face. And when a Cherokee health worker called to offer a slot, Ms. Garrett said she relented, and convinced her husband, Larry, to come along.

As they sat in a half-empty monitoring area, waiting the requisite 15 minutes after Larry’s first dose, Ms. Garrett said she now saw getting the shot as part of who she was: “I’m Cherokee, so I have to do it.”

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