How keen are you to get a COVID-19 vaccine into you?
Well, it seems any potential COVID-19 vaccine will be treated with scepticism – at least for a while – if this WebMD reader poll is anything to go by.
The survey revealed that fewer than half of people plan to get a coronavirus vaccine in the first year it’s available, and fewer than a third say they’ll get it in the first 90 days.
Just over 40 per cent said would get a vaccine, while 28 per cent said they did not and another 30 per cent were unsure. Only 26 per cent said they would get the vaccine in the first 90 days, and 42 per cent said they would within the first 12 months.
“This serves as a wake-up call,” said WebMD chief medical officer John Whyte, MD.
“If immunization rates are low, then we’re not going to achieve the level of herd immunity needed to protect us from this virus.”
Public health officials say a 70 per cent level of herd immunity would be required for the pandemic to end.
“How are we going to reopen if people aren’t getting the vaccine? We need a ‘Plan B,’” said Dr Whyte.
Researchers around the world are working on more than 165 vaccines. The race to develop and test an effective vaccine, have people questioning any possible vaccines safety and efficacy.
Of the 1000 WebMD readers polled, 78 per cent cited concerns about side-effects and another 15% weren’t convinced it would be effective.
Would you take a vaccine in the first year it was released? Are you concerned about the safety of rushing a potential vaccine into production?