Beverly Askey, who has a medical background as a nurse, does not want to get the Coronavirus vaccine right away.
Though the 70-year-old because of her age is in a high-risk group, she wants to wait and see the vaccine’s results before making the decision.
“I will rather keep back my decision until I’m completely positive… I’m not going to jump on the trend,” Askey said. “I do not know what it’s that will make me positive, but it’s going to take more details than I currently have.”
Many Americans think the same. A poll released by ABC News on Monday found that more than eight in ten Americans get the COVID-19 vaccine, but 45% said they would wait a bit before receiving it.
Experts say that while it is expected to be hesitant of a new vaccine, but Dr Caesar Djavaherian, a renowned physician says, “patients don’t need to wait.”
“Historically with a new vaccine, the horrible adverse events that we’re always bothered about actually appears in a matter of weeks,” Dr Caesar said, a doctor who guides the pandemic response to Carbon Health. “That type of spike is not being reported… in the weeks’ people are receiving Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.”
Experts say people should feel assured in the vaccines that are based on the U.S Food and Drug Administration’s data. The FDA released a 52-page analysis that confirmed the Pfizer vaccine is safe and highly effective.
Another 53-page FDA analysis also confirmed Moderna’s vaccine is also safe.
“Your chances of dying or getting sick is greater when going to the grocery store than to get a vaccine,” said a former dean of Harvard T.H. School of Public Health, Barry Bloom.
Bloom admitted that most Americans have not read the 105 pages of safety evaluation and will need to see the data in “real life” outside of clinical tests.
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