The world has been at a polarizing standstill for the past year or so. And if you look at it, that was bound to happen and for no small reason because of the pandemic that has raged on and on. With a record-breaking 500, 000 deaths recorded in the US alone, I do find it surprising that I have to write a blog of this nature but such is life. We have to do certain things that don’t really make sense.
What has made this pandemic extremely different from the other ones that have plagued the world has to be the rampant misinformation that has been roaming about. About 20 percent of Americans have stated that they do not want to get the COVID-19 vaccination at all and no kind of information will change their mind. What is the most concerning is that this 20% consists of healthcare workers, military service members, and also one of the most vulnerable demographics- older adults with pre-existing conditions.
So, today we will be understanding the reasons why people don’t want to take the vaccinations and why you should take it either way.
Why Is There Vaccine Hesitancy Amongst The Masses?
The United States has had one of the worst responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is easy to state that it is because of misinformation that people do not want to get a vaccination. That is of course a reason when you have an administration that spent months underplaying the pandemic, it can often lead to a negative overview of a vaccine. Considering a large part of the population does not even consider that the virus exists in the first place.
But there is a horde of reasons why people are hesitant towards taking the vaccination, these attitudes are never the same and not usually a reflection of people’s views about vaccination generally.
The Covid-19 vaccination has the unique distinction of being developed in record-breaking time. This rapid timeline is concerning for a few people. What one however does need to remember is that even though the vaccination came into being quickly, it was still manufactured under intense scientific scrutiny and tested in multiple stages via clinical trials.
People who have politically conservative views and live in rural areas are all who are more likely to express hesitancy towards the vaccine.
How Do We Counter These Issues?
The first thing to do would be to educate the masses as much as possible. Americans are more likely to believe information that has come from sources that they are familiar with. This includes their family, friends, and fellow community members.
Break Out Of Your Social Echo Chamber
Technology works in one way to ensure that you don’t jump out of their platform. This is by working to ensure that all information we are exposed to is in line with our preexisting beliefs. This means that most of us are in a polarized environment where only the loudest and most extreme voices can be heard.
The first step to decreasing vaccine hesitancy thus lies in taking a moderate approach to get your point across.
The Side Effects Dilemma
There are some common side effects of absolutely any vaccination. In this case they are a sore arm, headache, and swelling. Which by the way are very good. This just shows that your body is responding well to the vaccine and your immune system is finally jumping in to help you out.
If you collectively look at the numbers then there are more than 100,000 people who have received the vaccine without reporting any kind of serious medical side-effects. So, the odds are for sure in your favor.
Understand the Vaccine
There are two vaccines in the market at this time. There are plenty more in development but there are two that have met the lowered threshold of the FDA vaccine approval process. These are :
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
With an efficacy rate of 95% this is the first vaccine to receive emergency approval by FDA. It is meant for people over the age of 16 and older. Every person who gets this vaccine needs to take two injections given about 21 days apart.
- Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
This one has an efficacy rate of 94.1%. You need to be at least 18 to receive this vaccine, Again, you will receive two injections 28 days apart.
It Is About Perspective
If it’s numbers you like looking at, then one needs to understand that there are 3000 people dying every day from the virus. Vaccination is the only way one can be sure that herd immunity can be reached to ensure that no more breakouts take place.
Also, the chances of actually falling sick from Covid-19 are a lot higher than having a reaction from the vaccine.
The Need Of The Hour
That will be to get about 80% of the population vaccinated, It might be a daunting process, but that is precisely what is required to ensure that we can as a collective move beyond the pandemic. If you still have questions, just walk into any California medical clinic to meet and talk to a doctor to better understand the functioning of the vaccine.