With vaccinations for COVID currently unfolding across the globe, surprisingly or not, not everybody is willing to receive a jab. Whether we’re talking about the vaccine developed by Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Sputnik V, or Sinopharm, there are plenty of people out there who are skeptical about all of them.
A new article from Fox6Now.com reveals the results of a Gallup poll that will disappoint many of those who fully trust the COVID vaccines. During the first year of the ongoing pandemic, more than 1 billion people said they don’t want to get vaccinated for the coronavirus.
116 countries surveyed
The researchers surveyed 116 countries and concluded that only 68% of adults wanted to get vaccinated. 32% of adults, meaning 1.3 billion people, said that they wouldn’t take a COVID vaccine. The results reveal that the achievement of herd immunity isn’t easy, as experts believe that a minimum of 70% of the population has to be vaccinated in order to return to a life without pandemic restrictions.
Myanmar is the country that had the highest percentage of adults who want to get vaccinated for COVID: 96%. On the other hand, Kazakhstan had the lowest score: only 25% of adults willing to get vaccinated. The study also pointed out that those living in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet states are the least willing to get vaccinated for the coronavirus.
However, we must not forget that the study was conducted in 2020, as the chances are big for the numbers to have taken different shapes until now.
The CDC works to combat vaccination hesitancy
Rochelle Walensky, the director of CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), declared that the agency is working to combat the vaccination hesitancy of people by educating them about the science, data, and the safety behind the vaccines. Walensky declared via a virtual news conference the following:
“We believe and know that the science moved quickly. We’ve enrolled 100,000 people in these trials and the science stood on the shoulders of years and years of work before to be able to deliver these vaccines.”
“If people are worried about the side effects, we can convey the data of over 200 million vaccine doses and the safety and the scrutiny of that safety,” the director continued. “So we need to meet people where they are and understand why they might be hesitant and then give them the information that combats that hesitancy.”