ABC7 profiled three people who share these concerns.
“I will never put a vaccine in my body,” said Joseph Jacks, an anti-vaxxer.
“Tell me why you are concerned about a COVID vaccine,” asked Stephanie Sierra of ABC7.
“Test, test, test, test and more testing,” Jacks said. “It’s important if you’re going to put something in your body that’s absolutely tested. ”
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Holly Baade has a holistic healing practice in Marin. His reasoning is personal.
“You can’t buy a good immune system,” she says. “My two children have had problems with vaccine damage. Health issues evident the very day toxins were introduced into their body. ”
Dana Ullman is not “anti-vaxx”, but worried drug companies are rushing into the process.
“I’m not anti-vaccine,” Ullman said. “But, when they do things as they are now, not testing with a real placebo… it’s a way of hiding what security is involved. “
- 50% of Americans say they won’t get a COVID-19 vaccine even if it was affordable and widely available, according to an AP poll conducted in late May.
- 1/3 respondents said they were not sure.
- 7 in 10 say they are concerned about safety.
“I have the same concerns,” said Dr Yvonne Maldonado, a pediatrician at Stanford. “Before I put my own endorsement on COVID vaccines, I would also like to see the data. I agree with them. ”
Dr Maldonado specializes in infectious diseases and works with the CDC on vaccine research.
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She is also participating in Operation Warp Speed, the federal initiative that aims to deliver 300 million doses of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine by January 2021.
“We’re in a rush, but we’re not in such a rush that we want to make a big mistake,” said Maldonado. “We need to hold people to account… and understand why people don’t want a vaccine. “
Experts and data analysts have found that one factor contributing to the confusion is the misinformation circulating on social media.
150 of the largest anti-vaccine groups on social media and YouTube have gained 8 million subscribers since the end of March. There are at least 400 anti-vaxx groups with 55 million subscribers worldwide, according to an international nonprofit that tracks these accounts.
“Do you think the anti-vaxx movement will have an impact on how quickly we get collective immunity? Sierra asked.
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“I don’t think we’ll get there very quickly,” said Maldonado. “There is no way to stop transmission globally, that is, across the country or the world, unless there are between 60 and 80% of people who have permanent or lasting immunity. ”
Dr Maldonado said it might take two years to achieve collective immunity around the world, assuming vaccines are at least 70 to 75 percent effective.
To put it in perspective, the closest comparison to a COVID-19 vaccine is the MMR vaccine which took 4 years to develop.
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