Are you a vaccine skeptic?



Those who don’t get a flu vaccine will most likely not want to get the Covid-19 vaccine either

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While scientists across the globe are racing to create a viable COVID-19 vaccine, the number of vaccine skeptics through the Hudson Valley and New York State that have reservations about vaccinations in general may undermine its effectiveness. 

In a recent US News and World Report, whether a vaccine can end this pandemic successfully depends on more than its effectiveness or how quickly it can be produced. It depends on the number of people who opt to get it.  

According to some estimates, about one-fifth to two-fifths of Americans express reservations about vaccine safety.

“An estimated 50% to 70% of Americans would need to develop immunity to COVID-19 – either naturally, or via a vaccine – in order to thwart the spread of the virus,” according to the US News and World report.  “If these estimates are correct, that could mean that nearly twice as many Americans would need to elect to receive the COVID-19 vaccine than those who currently opt to be vaccinated against seasonal influenza.”  

Making matters more complicated is the possibility that people who hold skeptical views about vaccine safety – sometimes referred to as "anti-vaxxers" – will opt out of receiving the coronavirus vaccine. According to some estimates, about one-fifth to two-fifths of Americans express reservations about vaccine safety. If most of these individuals opt not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, they could potentially jeopardize the recovery process.

The report continues to say that “A quarter of Americans say they will probably not get a coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available – even if it is deemed safe and effective, according to a May 2020 poll by ABC News/Ipsos. They found that 25% of adults were either “not so likely” or “not likely at all’” to be inoculated against the coronavirus, while 74% indicated they were either somewhat or very likely to get a vaccine when it comes out.




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