Even though the USA has the most COVID infections and deaths in the world, there are still a lot of Americans who aren’t willing to take a vaccine. Only 41% of the population are fully vaccinated for the coronavirus, according to Our World in Data. The percentage is still not enough for the US to achieve herd immunity, as experts believe that a minimum of 70% of the population needs to be vaccinated.
While we’re not here to criticize those who don’t want to get vaccinated for COVID, it’s interesting to find out what reasons do Americans invoke to refuse any jab for the coronavirus. Vox.com has made a list of six reasons, and we’re gladly presenting them below:
1. Lack of access to vaccines
The surveys of the Kaiser Family Foundation reveal that about 4 percent of the US population is willing to be vaccinated but didn’t have the possibility. With access to the vaccination being tremendously expanded by now across the country, there are still hindrances. A busy work schedule is one of those obstacles.
2. Some people still don’t see COVID as a threat
Some Americans, especially young ones, are saying that COVID can be harmful only for elders. Although this has proven to be a misconception, it doesn’t stop the young ones from taking the situation way too easy. Let’s not also forget about those people who claim that the media has exaggerated the risk of the virus.
3. The side effects of the vaccines
Side effects of the vaccines represent something real, and among them, there are cases of aches, fatigue, and even potentially blood clots. There’s a lot of fuss on social media about the safeness of the vaccines, although experts add a lot of faith in the jabs.
4. Not trusting the vaccines
Apart from worrying about the side effects, people also have other reasons why they don’t trust the vaccines. One of those reasons is that the development of the vaccines themselves was incredibly fast. Another reason is that some people were always anti-vaxxers, lacking trust in pretty much all the vaccines.
5. Not trusting the institutions
Some people don’t trust the health care system in general; others don’t trust the vaccine manufacturers. These sceptics will always be there, and perhaps the US government needs to work a lot more to gain their trust.
6. Conspiracy theories
Nobody can deny that there are a lot of conspiracy theorists out there. A YouGov poll reveals that about half the people who aren’t willing to get vaccinated believe at least a conspiracy theory about the vaccines for COVID or vaccines in general.
If you’re also one of those people who don’t want to be vaccinated for the coronavirus, we would be glad to know your reasons. Feel free to express them in a comment below!