Vaccine Resistance and Hesitance

The term anti vaxers has become prominent in modern society. There seems to be a conspiracy theory that the vaccines have harmful substances contained in them. And sure enough, CNN found that the virus is circulating mostly within communities that are vaccine resistant. “The vast minority of Americans are resistant to vaccination, but that’s where the virus has been circulating,” CNN Medical Analyst Jonathan Reiner told CNN’s Don Lemon on Friday. “We live in a country that has rules. You can’t smoke in most buildings in the United States, and you can’t drive drunk. You can’t smoke on planes. And you can’t blow virus into my face.”

However, most people who are considered “anti vaxers” or vaccine resistant, are actually just vaccine hesitant. They are usually in the middle and can be easily convinced to get vaccinated. The main reason for this hesitance is the belief the vaccine contains unfamiliar substances that may cause harm. However, according to Hopkins Medicine, “The development of the COVID-19 vaccines did not cut corners on testing for safety and efficacy. The vaccines were made using processes that have been developed and tested over many years, and which are designed to make — and thoroughly test — vaccines quickly in case of an infectious disease pandemic such as COVID-19. The vaccines themselves were extensively tested by independent scientists, and more than 100 million people in the U.S. have been safely vaccinated.”

Even with this assurance though, there are still some side effects that are mostly inevitable. An example would be a sore arm. But even if it is painful at first, these side effects are expected, and will disappear after a few days. “The vaccines do not contain live coronavirus, and you cannot and will not get COVID-19 from getting vaccinated. After the shots, you might experience a sore arm, a mild fever or body aches, but this doesn’t mean you have COVID-19. These symptoms, if they happen at all, are temporary, usually lasting only a day or two. They signal a natural response as your body’s immune system learns to recognize and fight the coronavirus. On the other hand, getting COVID-19 can make you seriously ill, with symptoms that linger for months or even longer.’

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