The U.S. started vaccinating the population against the coronavirus last week, but mass adoption isn’t a guarantee.
Almost 4 in 10 Americans say they “definitely” or “probably” won’t get a vaccine, according to a Pew Research Center Survey of 12,648 adults in the United States November 18-29.
While this is better than Pew’s September results, which showed that nearly 50% of those polled 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, say experts.
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 if something goes wrong with the vaccine, the drug manufacturers who made it – Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna – Be fully immune to lawsuits related to vaccine injuries by 2024.
A robust and reliable national awareness campaign is central to closing this trust gap. The Ministry of Health and Human Services will Spend $ 250 million on this effort.
But the federal government’s urge to educate the public was plagued by controversy, including suspicions of politicizing the message and concerns about the long delay in the introduction of the promised targeted messaging.
At least 15 states told NBC News In early December, they didn’t wait for the HHS campaign. Instead, they launched their own communication campaigns to get the message across.
Ultimately, mass vaccination is vital 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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