Public tentative to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Garrett Short
Updated: December 03, 2020 09:05 AM
Created: December 02, 2020 07:26 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The public is voicing their concerns about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Seven hours and 400 votes into the poll on the ABC 6 News Facebook page, about 53 percent of people said they will never receive the vaccine. Getting vaccinated as soon as possible and waiting up to six months each received about 20 percent, while waiting two to three months received about seven percent of the vote.

Co-Director of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group Dr. Richard Kennedy says the number of people who will wait extended periods of time to get vaccinated are a cause for concern.

"People that want to get back to normal and don't want to take the vaccine are in a sense shooting themselves in the foot. They're ignoring one of the most powerful tools we'll have available to beat this pandemic and get back to normal," Dr. Kennedy said.

Medical professionals have heard the concerns regarding a vaccine. Things like "vaccines have side-effects." Or "the vaccine was created so quickly, but is it safe?"

Dr. Kennedy says the research on the vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer are very promising, both working efficiently over 90 percent of the time. That is just as good as vaccines that have been around for decades for polio or measles.

The difference is in the type of vaccine. With traditional vaccines, a small bit of the live virus is injected that triggers a small infection to help build proteins that in turn build immunity. With the latest COVID-19 vaccines, they are developed in a new way that focuses on RNA. There is no live virus injected and it skips the infection part and goes straight to producing proteins and building the immune system.

As for side-effects, Dr. Kennedy says most are developed in the first six weeks, and usually consist of side-effects that are common in most vaccines: pain at the site of injection, aches and a fever. Any rare or long-term side-effects will have to be studied in the coming years.

Dr. Kennedy's answer to the public's question about the speed of the vaccine is relatively simple. With the virus affecting so much of the lives of people across the globe, an unbelievable amount of resources have been committed to finding a vaccine. With billions invested and people around the world working on a vaccine, the process has been considerably sped up.

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