Dr LaVeist said the incentive that would work fastest for adults would be mandates from employers, who are uniquely positioned to demand that large numbers of Americans who otherwise would not receive immunizations do so because their job depends on it. The federal government has issued guidelines that employers can require workers to receive a Covid-19 vaccine and ban them from the workplace if they refuse.
Dr Murthy cited a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation which found that 28% of those employed said they would be more likely to get the vaccine if they had time to receive and recover from the vaccine. Another 20 percent said they would be more likely to get the vaccine if their vaccine was given at their workplace. The survey focused on those who are not vaccinated but who wanted to be vaccinated as quickly as possible.
However, Dr LaVeist and other experts say the biggest barrier among vaccine reluctant people is anxiety about possible side effects. “How was it possible to deploy the vaccine so quickly?” If more people understand this, then more people will take the vaccine, ”said Dr LaVeist. “The corners weren’t cut.”
A recent New York Times report from Greene County, a rural area in northeastern Tennessee, found that the most common reason for vaccine apprehension was fear that the vaccine had been hastily developed and that long-term side effects are unknown. These decisions are also entangled in a web of perspectives on autonomy, science and authority, as well as a powerful regional and somewhat fictionalized self-image: We don’t like outsiders meddling in our business.
Reluctance to vaccinate in any part of the United States poses a threat to all Americans, experts warn, because the longer it takes to vaccinate people, the longer the virus has to spread, mutate and eventually gain the ability to evade vaccines.
“My big concern is that there is going to be a variant that is going to outsmart the vaccine,” Dr. LaVeist said. “Then we’ll have a new problem. We will have to revaccinate ourselves.