Ever since the official vaccines for the novel coronavirus were released into the public, leaders and citizens alike have been racing to get vaccinated.
Globally, countries such as Seychelles, Israel, and the U.A.E, are leading the vaccination rates, hitting nearly 70% of their whole population. Following, the United States is trying to increase their percentage of 46% in accordance to President Biden’s plan of getting nearly 70% of all Americans vaccinated by the fourth of July 2021.
In study of the past few months, however, data has shown that unpredictable obstacles have prevented the country in reaching vaccination milestones. For example, vaccine distributions have been delayed to decreased amount of resources and flaws algorithms as to who receives them first. In addition, the most difficult factor to control of human opinion, has slowed down vaccination rates. A large population of the United States are against or avoiding the vaccinations due to personal concerns about the quick development and unforetold consequences of the vaccine.
Along with political and moral ideas, people have been divided as to whether they should get the vaccine. However, amidst such public confusion, California has recorded themselves as one of the highest vaccination rates. Currently, as of May 2021, approximately 50% of the population have received their first dose. This is due to what experts call “vaccine skepticism” and how California’s population lacks it.
To offer the vaccination to the corners of the state, the government has been working to aid those who don’t have cars to transport to vaccination centers, stable internet access, paid leave for work, or reliable health resources. This has increased the numbers of vaccination centers near highly populated public areas such as malls and train stations. The centers have been more lenient towards walk-in vaccination appointments.
With recent news of the FDA approving the vaccine to children from the age of 12, vaccination rates are predicted to increase even more.
“We’re getting to a point where, if you ask people to take the vaccine, if you have the vaccine right in front of them, they’ll take it,” said Dr. Richard Pan, a state senator and vaccine advocate. “But you have to find them. They’re not going to come to you.”