Even pro-vax people are reluctant.
A retired nurse, Susan Bailey, has not missed a vaccine all her life. She is consistent with annual flu shots and her children also have complete vaccinations. However, when asked about whether or not she would take a Covid-19 vaccine when one comes out, the 57-year old is firm in her answer.
Bailey is not satisfied with the quicker than normal results of the vaccine trials. To her, there are enough pieces of evidence that show the vaccines to be safe especially in people like her with underlying health concerns. The thorough studies and collaboration of the field experts should only be the beginning according to her. The fact that approval will be granted in the span of just months, is “too soon” for Susan Bailey.
She’s not the only person who thinks so. Many pro-vaccine people around the world are also hesitant about a Covid-19 vaccine.
Safety, necessity, trust profile of the manufacturing company and slight mistrust in the scientific methods are among the top concerns of the public on vaccines. This is according to a study done by a physicist from George Washington University, Neil Johnson.
Vaccines are apparently the most effective armor of protection against infectious diseases, according to experts. It saves 6 million lives a year. American epidemiologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, states the possibility of a vaccine ending the pandemic. But a poll revealed that around half of Americans are still having second thoughts or are refusing to receive the vaccination. However, another poll also said that two-thirds of the American population would get vaccinated at a low cost.
The problem that this poses, is that the objective of vaccination to achieve herd immunity may not be realized if not enough people take the vaccine. It is no surprise that the anti-vax is doubtful, but the pressing issue is that even the pro-vax people are also hesitant.
Loss of confidence in vaccination is spreading across nations. False news is usually a common cause. Back in 2018, the majority of the South Asian population trust vaccines, making it the highest number out of all the regions. But previous controversies such as the measles outbreak and the Dengvaxia caused that number to decrease.
Lately, because of the pandemic, records of child vaccinations have been surprisingly low.
Like Susan Bailey, people are concerned about the fact that the Covid-19 vaccines are being developed rather quickly even though the normal process takes years. The rush in research and trials may have been compromised because of the pressure and demand globally.
The US, UK, and France health regulation authorities all assured that the vaccine development is done with the highest standards and that the quick developments are primarily due to the investments and support coming in from many sources.
With Covid-19 vaccines well underway and are approaching final phases of trials, the government needs to devise a plan on distribution and also a way to persuade the public to participate in the vaccination program to start dealing with the virus outbreak once and for all.