ATLANTA – New survey provides insight into vaccine reluctance in Georgia.
Lori Wilson de Channel 2 spoke to Emory University’s vice president of epidemiology, Dr Jodie Guest, about the top three reasons people say they haven’t received the COVID-19 vaccine.
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According to a survey distributed by the US census, 60% of Georgians who are hesitant to get vaccinated do not believe the vaccine works. At least 57% say they are concerned about side effects.
Another 50% said they didn’t think they needed a vaccine.
This third reason why people hesitate to get vaccinated in Georgia is particularly relevant to young people.
“The third in the state of Georgia is that they don’t feel they need it yet,” Guest said. “And this is particularly relevant to the 18-39 year old population that we see in Georgia, which really tops our caseload. “
Guest suggests that some of these people may have recovered from COVID-19 and are relying on their natural immunities.
But Guest said the data shows that even though you’ve had a natural infection with COVID-19, you might have antibodies, but they don’t offer the same protection as the vaccine.
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“You are twice as likely to get sick again with COVID-19, unless you are vaccinated,” Guest said. “So if we have two groups of people who have both had COVID, the vaccinated group is significantly more protected against the Delta variant than the unvaccinated group. “
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