While the scientists are busy developing a vaccine to counter the spreading pandemic, a recent poll shows that many people in the US do not want any vaccine.
A recent poll was conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. It was seen that more than 50% of 1056 Americans, who participated in the poll, did not want to get vaccinated.
However, some of these people have valid reasons, whereas others are just ill-informed regarding the virus and its possible vaccine. People are worried that if they might carry the virus from the injection that administers them the vaccine. This is not entirely true since most of the promising vaccines do not contain the virus contaminants, making it nearly impossible to catch the virus from the vaccine injection.
While others fear the side effects that the vaccine might have on them. The exact nature of SARS-CoV-2 is still unknown; hence it has become difficult to develop a vaccine for such a virus. This coupled with the small timespan the scientists have received to develop the vaccine, people fear that it might have harmful side effects. This seems like a valid reason for not opting for vaccination.
Dr. Francis Collins, from National Institutes of Health, is trying to ensure people that they are not cutting any corners, even in a short timeline. They are working day and night to develop a vaccine to offer people immunity from the virus, not to sacrifice people with that vaccine.