Florida doctor convinces a stranger at a restaurant to get a COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Humbled’

Dr. Duane Mitchell didn’t expect to convince a stranger to get vaccinated against COVID-19 when he went to a restaurant for dinner in Gainesville, Florida over the summer.

Mitchell, the director of the University of Florida’s Clinical Translational Science Institute, sat at the bar of the restaurant next to a man named Mark Hall. The men started talking and eventually discussed the coronavirus pandemic and vaccines.

Hall said he was opposed to the vaccine, although his wife had received her shot.

He “really started rattling off a lot of the things that he had heard, the reasons why he wasn’t planning on taking the vaccine,” Mitchell told USA TODAY.

“I debated him a little bit on some of those issues, not in a confrontational way but just saying ‘let me give you a different point of view’ or ‘here’s some information that we’ve certainly learned since the rollout of the

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