COVID Vaccine Hesitancy
Focus on the future
The best strategy is to focus on what herd immunity could offer: getting back to normal! Think about having to wear a mask and remain socially distant for another year, two, three. Help save lives and help everyone continue their daily routines without restriction. Children should not have to learn remotely. Families should not lose loved ones. Weddings and special events should not be cancelled or restricted to small groups. Getting sick from COVID can mean long-term health problems that debilitate your life, your finances, your well-being and put a burden on your loved ones!
This is what YOU told us YOU are concerned about!
We talked to over 300 patients in multiple lanuages (CV Creole), from several backgrounds! This is what YOU told us:
- Vaccine Side Effects
- Yes, the vaccine can cause minimal side effects! The vaccine was approved by the FDA for emergency usage. The Moderna vaccine was tested in over 15,000 people ages 18 – 85 years, from a diverse population of ethnicities and races. The most common side effects were sore arms at the injection site. A small number of people had fatigue, headache, or sore muscles for a day after receiving the vaccine. The other vaccine made by Pfizer had a very small number of persons with an allergic reaction. We will be watching closely for allergic reactions when we use the Moderna vaccine.
- Vaccine Effectiveness
- Yes, the vaccine is effective. Following two doses, people who received the vaccine were protected against infection with Covid-19 about 94% of the time. No vaccine is perfect. We will still need to wear PPE until the infection rate in our community drops. That includes masks, eye protection, hand hygiene and social distancing.
- Vaccine and infertility
- None of the Covid vaccines have been linked to infertility. A social media post went viral in early December. This false rumor has been debunked by several fact-finding organizations.
We are especially vulnerable
Our community is especially vulnerable to severe COVID-19. Generations of health inequities have caused Black and Hispanic/Latin Americans and other communities of color to be overrepresented in severe COVID-19 cases and deaths. People of color are vulnerable to COVID-19 risk factors, and are more likely to be working front-line, essential jobs that cannot be performed from home, increasing their chances of being infected. Getting vaccinated can provide protection.
The vaccines have been tested on tens of thousands of people — and on a diverse range of people. In Pfizer and Moderna clinical trials combined, there were 10,000 Hispanic people tested, and the vaccines were shown to be safe in all ethnicities. More than 6,000 Black volunteers were enrolled in the two trials. And of the nearly 45,000 people enrolled in Phase 3 trials for the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, 15% were Hispanic and 13% were Black.