COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy is declining

Dr. Jen Ashton talks about why there’s been a drop in hesitancy across the country.
1:44 | 05/07/21

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We will begin again with the latest coronavirus figure from Johns Hopkins university, right now there are 156.1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus diagnosed around the world. Here in this country, at least 580,000 American lives lost. And the CDC reporting now more than 108.9 million people are fully vaccinated, and Dr. Jen, there is some encouraging news, kind of a double negative, but it's a good thing, decreasing rates of vaccine hesitancy. Meaning more people are less afraid, or less concerned about getting the vaccine. Correct. So all eyes are on the unvaccinated segment of our population at this point, as we start to see daily vaccine administration numbers go down. A recent survey by Carnegie Mellon university look at what it found, hesitancy has dropped slightly, but again, going in the right direction, from 27.5% in January, to 22% in March. 48% of those people who are hesitant are concerned about side effects, so we will continue to go through that and talk people through that. More than a third of those hesitant people, a, didn't think the shot was necessary, medically, or, and/or didn't trust the government, and 14.5% of hesitant people just didn't like vaccines ineneral. So people want to ask four quick questions. What's the risk of getting the vaccine? Very low. What's the risk of not getting the vaccine? Incredibly high. Benefits of getting the vaccine, we've seen great safety and efficacy numbers. What's the benefits of not getting the vaccine? Really there are none. You are putting people's lives in jeopardy and you're putting your life in jeopardy so we will continue to have this discussion. It's an important one. Thank you, as always, Dr.

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