Most Americans Wouldn’t Get COVID-19 Vaccine

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The production of a vaccine for COVID-19 continues to surround conversations regarding public health. Despite the popular narrative, there are no guarantees that a vaccine for this virus will ever make it to completion; after all, previous attempts to produce vaccines for other strains of the coronavirus have not rendered success.

 

Just earlier this week, the nation learned that Johnson & Johnson paused their work on a vaccine; this followed after a volunteer for the vaccine study came down with an “unexplained illness.” Interestingly enough, Johnson & Johnson is rejecting full transparency by declining to let the public know the full truth about this volunteer’s condition.

However, even if a vaccine does make it to market, most Americans won’t be rushing in line to get it. According to a Morning Consult poll from earlier this month, only 48% of Americans affirm their willingness to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, per Breitbart News.

Why Most Americans Don’t Want a COVID-19 Vaccine

Trust in a coronavirus vaccine is declining across the board. Only 48% of people have confirmed that they’d get the injection upon its advent.

Meanwhile, there’s been a 5% decrease in Democrats who maintain their willingness to receive the shot; the latest Morning Consult poll shows that only 55% of Democrats are willing to get the injection. Last week, 60% of Democrats were on board. Meanwhile, only 41% of Independents and 48% of Republicans are willing to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Americans who do not trust the coronavirus vaccine have their reasons. Some folks believe that the rush put on this vaccination compromises its safety; others do not believe in the need for a vaccine due to the notably high recovery rates for COVID-19.

The Johnson & Johnson botched vaccine study resulting in a volunteer’s injury hasn’t helped matters; neither have reports of other companies and manufacturers putting a pause on their work to create a vaccine for coronavirus.

A Lack of Transparency

The polling on willingness to get a coronavirus vaccine paints a very clear image. As time passes, trust in this vaccination is declining, rather than increasing.

Transparency is important. This means not only openness about the production process, but also regarding the specific nature of injuries sustained by the Johnson & Johnson volunteer participant.

The production of vaccines can take years and even then injuries are known to happen; the idea that a vaccine for coronavirus can reach readiness after months, therefore, has many Americans on edge.

Do you trust the idea of a rushed vaccine for coronavirus? Would you be willing to get the injection after it arrives on the market? Let us know down below in the comments section.