Top Six Reasons Why Americans Refuse to Get Vaccinated for COVID

Top Six Reasons Why Americans Refuse to Get Vaccinated for COVID
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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.

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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!


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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23 thoughts on “Top Six Reasons Why Americans Refuse to Get Vaccinated for COVID

  1. You missed the main point. The main reason is that none of the covid 19 vaccines are officially approved by FDA. They were only given an EUA status, meaning Emergengy Use Authorization. That makes peoplenot fully trust the Covid 19 vaccines.

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  2. There are many world renowned epidemiologists, virologists, and immunologists that gave us the scientific breakdown of why there’s always been trouble developing a coronavirus vaccine, not to mention the possible dangers of mRNA. When you personally know people that got covid and survived, but then those vaccinated that did not, or even got covid after fully vaccinated, then that gives rise for concern. The deaths have been hidden as well as these great doctors. I personally go back to realizing that the survival rate at 98% is my logical go to and I’m not an anti vaxer. Thank you for this post.

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    1. Lawrence Mccullough · Edit

      There have been no long term trials for the vaccines. And with so many dying prior to vaccines development, they were rushed out as a forceful means to help people, but there were no specific guarantee that they wouldn’t do any harm. We have to pay attention to every human being has different immune systems and take to things differently, that’s just science. Anaphylaxis, certain reactions to different chemicals. The government and scientist just need to get it together. Man of God vs man of medicine.

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  3. Lack of esearch on the effectivity and minimal side effects for those with autoimmune disorders. And yes i agree, it’s an emergency drug use not fully approved vaccine? From what i gathered.

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    1. I agree the fda has not approved these vacci es the kids r getting sick ppl are dying who had 2shots and i have the blood of Jesus for my vacci e ok he will protect me theu many more worse viruses soon to come or are here already

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      1. Another reason that has been missed completely is that some people are phobic to needles! Make a nasal or pill option available and more people may arise to the occasion!

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  4. I have already had Covid and survived. Nobody can tell me which strain I had, which strain the vaccine is trying to prevent (with no 100% success rate), and if the vaccine will create stronger antibodies than what I already have built. There is no research or guidance on people who have medicine allergies or how it will affect pre-existing health issues with the vaccine itself or the side effects from it. This reeks of a “Political Move,” not one of genuine concern for the populace.

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  5. I am very sensitive to Flu vaccine and develop symptoms of the Fu for 24 hours
    I now have the presence of meingioma and worry especially of any of this vaccines complications
    It is New and I know the Good outweighs the Bad
    I have decided to remain isolated for another 6 months until further Data is gathered

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  6. Religion is one more reason to not get it and pregnant women should not take it. Women who are trying you don’t know whats in that shot. Could harm the baby. And the biggest thing is CONTROL our government whats to control us. They want to know how far they can push before people break.

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  7. Figures coming in from Europe and Canada are frightenig regarding deaths and injuries and sides effects. I believe those figures are being hidden from us by the good old liberal media here. People in India are being given Invermectin and Hydroxychloroquine for 3 days to get over Covid like Trump did. That’s my plan.

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  8. The vaccine is emergency use and from the data, people are still getting the virus after vaccination. Why get a vaccine if it doesn’t work. I personally know two people that got the vaccine and died within 24 hours. My father caught covid and died within a week. Damned if you do and damned if you dont. I would rather take my chances with covid. At least with covid, you have a chance.

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  9. I’ve still not been approved to be vaccinated yet. I have several health issues including an auto immune blood disorder and my doctors told me over a year ago to wait so they could watch the vaccines and learn more about them. I went back a week ago and they still aren’t comfortable with me getting the vaccine yet and I have to go see the hemotologist and find out if they’re ok with it before I can be approved to actually be vaccinated. I’ve been on medical leave from my job since March of 2020 and still haven’t been hired on anywhere that I can work from home. Meanwhile I’m still in quarantine while everyone in my state has stopped wearing masks “because covid is gone” and unemployment is being stopped next week because “everyone has had time to be vaccinated and it’s time for people to get back to work” this is a very scary time in the world for those of us who are disabled and immunocompromised. I did 3 more job interviews last week and really hope I get hired on somewhere. And honestly. Shove your blood of Jesus God protects me crap where the sun don’t shine. Healthy people refusing to be vaccinated because they know they’ll be fine or because they just don’t want to is just stupid. Those of you who refuse because you don’t want to or you don’t believe in vaccines are literally holding my life and the lives of billions of other people like me including newborns, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with cancer and other illness in your hands. You are the herd scientist and doctors have been talking about over the last year and a half. Herd immunity requires the healthy to be vaccinated and immune to dangerous illness to protect the weak and the sick.

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    1. Sorry for your personal situation. However; taking out your frustrations on others is problematic and in my opinion wrong. They may also feel their own personal situation may prevent a positive outcome for them by taking the shots.

      There are 3 adults living in my home ages 59, 58, and 61. 1 has a history of stage 3 kidney disease and other health issues. 1 has 2 auto immune diseases. 1 is disabled due to a brain aneurysm rupture and 2 strokes. ALL 3 of us contracted COVID-19. We all survived without hospitalization. We ALL have NATURAL antibodies. We ALL are not getting the shot. We don’t need to as we are now part of the “herd” no one talks about. A puzzling thing as there is also “science” in this situation as well.

      I pray you find employment and have many blessings health wise as well. I hope you develop acceptance of others and their own personal choices during this time of world wide chaos.

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  10. My reluctance is because the vaccine is not FDA approved. EUA approval was granted (Emergency Use Authorization) but my concerns swarm around not knowing possible long term effects that could be more detrimental than temporary arrest of the spread of the virus. A blood test revealed I have COVID antibodies. Some of those who died after getting the shot had been sick with COVID before being vaccinated. Additional concerns are with regard to the inflammation of the heart following being given the vaccine, which can lead to a heart attack. I have an underlying heart condition already. Finally, why are we not addressing other health care concerns such as cancer, diabetes, high BP, kidney failure, that are disproportionately affecting the communities they are so concerned about not being vaccinated?

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  11. Another reason that has been missed completely is that some people are phobic to needles! Make a nasal or pill option available and more people may arise to the occasion!

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  12. Amen to everything you said. I have a child who is only 1 years old. I was furious when the Governor of MD lifted mask mandates. He is to young to wear a mask and now if I have to take him into a store there is no way to protect him. I try not to take him many places unless I have to. This whole pandemic made me realize just how self-centered Americans are. I pray you get the job you applied for. Continue to stay safe.

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  13. Some if us had a bad reaction to previous vaccines and no one believed, recognized or admitted -though those side effects are clearly listed on the website of the vaccines and other medical research papers.

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