Public Opinion on COVID 19 Vaccinations
Whether you agree or not to get the COVID vaccine there are very strong points for either side. The biggest hurdle to overcome in getting the vaccine (other then availability and eligibility) is not knowing the long term side effects. What they (Politicians) do not explain to the general public is that the base of this vaccine has been in the works for about ten years now. (Just like if you were adding color to a white paint base), they needed to add the COVID variables in order to inoculate against the strain. So, while the vaccine as a whole has not been tested for long term, it has been extensively tested as a base, before adding the elements.
People who are considered anti-vaxxers have long had this dispute. Going so far as to not inoculate their children against common illness, relying on herd immunity to protect them from otherwise, potentially fatal viruses. This of course, makes these children ineligible to go to a public school, unless you can prove it was for a religious or cultural reasons. So what does refusing to get the COVID vaccine mean for adults who want desperately to return to their every day lives? Will they not be allowed to return to work? Will different rules and PPE apply to these individuals until we have reached a considered herd immunity?
These are the questions that I have in the medical community. Unfortunately, not all of my questions have been answered for now. Things that I know for sure are: getting the vaccine does not mean you will not catch it, it means you will not die from it (most likely) it will lesson the side effects, and you can still pass it on to vulnerable people. New studies show there is some hope that it also helps to prevent the spread but that research is ongoing. Our biggest defense is herd immunity. Wearing masks will help prevent the spread if worn properly, over the nose and mouth. WASH YOUR HANDS. Sanitizer is great when you have no other option, but any soap when lathered on your hands, traps the particles and removes them when you rinse with water. Simple & Super effective!
Here are he numbers around the world :
According to data released at the end of 2020, results suggest 66% of respondents support getting a Covid-19 vaccine. Individuals in this category were more positive and open-minded with just over two-thirds (68%) being city-dwellers. Also, more than half of those in the group (52%), are college educated.
GWI collected survey data from eight countries: Brazil, China, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, UK and the US. Although Canada was not included, the results may be fairly similar. Comparable studies show 60% of Canadians are ready and willing to get vaccinated as soon as it is their turn.
(However, to achieve herd immunity, experts believe this rate should be higher. Some experts estimate between 70-80% of the population will require vaccination to provide significant community protection against Covid-19.)
Another class of individuals in the data set are those who feel “obligated” to get the vaccine. In this case, people said they will get vaccinated only if required for work or travel reasons. This group represents 11% of respondents, a rate that mirrors those who are skeptical of vaccines.
Eleven percent (11%) of the study group responded they will not get a covid-19 vaccine. Germany had one of the highest refusal rates, 24%. Data suggests roughly one out of every four people in the country will not get inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccine.
The “anti-vaxxers” are only a small sub-section of those who are skeptical of vaccines. They represent roughly one-tenth (13%) of the broader group and are opposed to vaccinations as a whole.
Covid-19 has severely disrupted societies and economies worldwide. Now that multiple vaccines are available and being administered globally, perhaps a greater emphasis is needed on conveying the appropriate messages to address people’s fears and concerns.
Although various studies and clinical trials suggest between 60-95% efficacy for the vaccines approved for use, the common denominator for all people is the concern about the potential side effects.
Clear and consistent communication by government officials and medical experts is crucial to building public trust in vaccine programs.
Special thank you to di Priscilla Pajdo del March 3, 2021 for the numbers