Should we still try to convince the vaccine skeptics?
More than 950,000 Americans have died from the Covid-19 pandemic since it began in 2019. To date, 64% of the US population have been vaccinated with two shots. And only 28% received a booster (source).
From a public health perspective, the desired outcome is to get higher percentage of vaccinated the better. In theory, 100% vaccinated would mean we don’t have to worry about the Coronavirus. But the choice is for everyone to decide if a vaccine is right for them or not.
Obviously, a large portion (one-third) of the country remans unvaccinated, skeptic or not. It seems we have reached a plateau in the vaccination campaign. Maybe a diminishing return point as well? What would be the right thing to do?
Certainly, more can be done to improve the campaign to convince the vaccine skeptics. But question is should we?
What do you think?
No matter what, it would have been a struggle to get 100% coverage.
Some people believe that the world is flat and that JFK was going to show up in Dallas like Scotty getting beamed down from the USS Enterprise.
With some well reasoned and legit reasons for not getting the vaccine thrown in on top of those who have lost their minds, I think we have hit peek vaxed.
It’s unfortunate and I’m sure that many intelligent people expected this, and said so behind closed doors.
On top of all of this the FDA, NIH and HHS bungled message after message. Not to mention the orange one.
In the beginning they told us that masks did nothing, when they were really trying to keep the limited supply available for clinicians. If they had just told us that, there would be a higher level of trust.
I’m vaxed and had no problem with masks. I’m not a science denier, my wife is a biologist.
I also understand some people lack trust in anything and refuse to be told anything.
Unfortunately we all will pay for these deniers luxury stay in the local ICU. We don’t throw people into the street in this country, as much as we might want to.
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I think you hit the nail on its head, Andy. Trust in our government’s response on the Covid-19 has been shaky given how it was handled by both the Trump & Biden administrations. It caused Trump’s job. I wonder if the similar reaction would happen to the Biden in the mid-term elections.