The U.S. started vaccinating the population against the coronavirus last week, but mass adoption isn’t a guarantee.
Nearly 4 in 10 Americans say they would “definitely” or “probably” not get a vaccine, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center of 12,648 US adults from Nov. 18-29.
While this is better than Pew’s September results, which showed that nearly 50% of respondents tended not to receive the vaccine, it still falls short of what is needed to adequately protect the country. To achieve herd immunity, about 70% of the population must be vaccinated or have natural antibodies, experts say.
The widespread suspicion could be due to the fact that the Covid vaccine was researched and developed in just eight months, breaking the four-year speed record.
Or it could have something to do with the fact that the drug makers who made them – Pfizer, BioNTech, and Moderna – are fully immune to lawsuits related to vaccine injuries through 2024 if something goes wrong with the vaccine.
A robust and reliable national awareness campaign is central to closing this trust gap. The Department of Health and Human Services will spend $ 250 million on this effort.
However, the federal government’s urge to educate the public has been plagued by controversy, including suspicions of politicizing the embassy and concerns over the long delay in the introduction of the promised targeted messaging.
At least 15 states told NBC News in early December that they would not wait for the HHS campaign. Instead, they launched their own communication campaigns to get the message across.
Ultimately, mass vaccination is crucial if there is a chance of living normally again.
Watch this video to see how key stakeholders are trying to convince the whole country to trust a record-made vaccine that uses technology that has never been licensed before.
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