WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) – Even if a vaccine against the new corona virus is developed, only half of Americans say they will get it, a new survey found.
It was also found that 31% were unsure whether they would be vaccinated, and about 1 in 5 said they would not be vaccinated.
Of those who refused the vaccine, 7 out of 10 cited safety concerns, according to the report Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research the election.
“I’m not an anti-vaxxer,” said Melanie Dries, 56, from Colorado Springs, Colorado. The AP. But, he said, “to get the COVID-19 vaccine in one or two years … makes me afraid that it won’t be widely tested for side effects.”
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“I will definitely get it,” said Brandon Grimes, 35, from Austin, Texas. “As a father who takes care of his family, I think … it is important for me to get vaccinated as soon as it is available to better protect my family.”
Safety remains a top priority in developing vaccines, said the Director of the US National Institute of Health Dr. Francis Collins. The agency is developing plans to test the safety and effectiveness of leading vaccine candidates in tens of thousands of people The AP reported.
“I don’t want people to think that we are taking shortcuts because that would be a big mistake. I think this is an attempt to try to achieve efficiency, but not sacrifice accuracy,” Collins told the news agency earlier this month.
“Surely the worst thing that can happen is if we rush through a vaccine that turns out to have significant side effects,” he added.
“The unexpected looks big and that’s why I think for all of these vaccines, we will need a large security database to provide guarantees,” Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told The AP.
About 30% of those who will not be vaccinated say they are not afraid of being seriously ill from coronavirus, and around 40% say they are worried about catching COVID-19 from an injection. Most of the leading vaccine candidates do not contain coronavirus, which means there is no risk of infection.
The poll also found protecting themselves, their families and their communities is the main reason why people want to be vaccinated, and about 7 out of 10 who will be vaccinated say life will not return to normal until it is available, The AP reported.
Older adults and anyone with chronic health problems such as diabetes or heart disease are at the greatest risk of the new corona virus. The poll found that 67% of people aged 60 years and over will get vaccinated, compared to 40% of people who are younger.
Black and Hispanic Americans appear to be more vulnerable to COVID-19, due to poorer access to health care and other factors, but the poll found that only 25% of blacks and 37% of Hispanics would get the vaccine, compared with 56% of whites, that is The AP reported.
At present, laboratories around the world are dedicated to developing vaccines in a short time. About a dozen eligible candidates are currently being studied, and UK researchers will soon begin clinical trials of vaccine candidates in more than 10,000 people.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration has launched “Operation Warp Speed” to accelerate the delivery of more than 300 million vaccine units, but the poll found that only 20% of respondents thought that the vaccine would be ready by the end of 2020.
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