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Local resident featured in nationwide campaign encouraging COVID-19 vaccinations

02/28/2021 09:15PM ● By Steven Hoffman

We’re in a race to vaccinate enough people to slow the spread of COVID-19 and bring an end to the global pandemic.

One local southern Chester County resident is being featured in a national campaign to raise awareness about the importance of COVID-19 vaccinations for public health, the economy, and broader society.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project, a group of more than 150 leading organizations representing patient, provider, employer and public health organizations launched “Count Me In,” a campaign to provide individuals and organizations with information to build confidence in authorized COVID-19 vaccines, and to motivate and inspire people to collectively fight the pandemic. Betsy Huber, the president of the National Grange who lives in Upper Oxford Township, was enlisted to be a part of the effort.

In campaign materials, Huber says that she can be counted in on the vaccine “because I want to get back to work.” That’s a sentiment that is certainly shared by millions of Americans.

The “Count Me In” campaign provides individuals and organizations with tools to express their commitment to COVID-19 vaccination as communities across the country strive to reopen and return to normal. This includes personal stories featuring frontline physicians, the president of the American Nurses Association, president of Colgate University, president of the National Grange, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging, and TV hosts Meredith Vieira and Faith Jenkins, in addition to grandparents, pastors and reverends, and volunteer firefighters, among others.

Huber has served the local community in various capacities through the years, including as a supervisor in Upper Oxford Township. In 2015, she was elected as the president of the National Grange—the first woman to hold the top post in the organization’s 149-year history. 

In a statement from the COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project, the importance of the campaign was summed up this way:  “We are facing a turning point in the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes the ‘Count Me In’ campaign exceptionally timely. The campaign is collecting and disseminating a variety of relatable reasons why individuals want to get vaccinated to help build confidence in authorized COVID-19 vaccines and bring us all a step closer to resuming activities with the people we miss most.”

To learn more about the COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project and for additional resources, visit