Nearly a quarter of people in Oregon said they would not get a coronavirus vaccine. Researchers at the University of Oregon said that this discovery should be a “call” for people to be more active in combating false information.
Vaccine skepticism is deeply ingrained in certain parts of American society, especially in Oregon. Oregon is one of the few states that offers philosophical exemptions for school-age children whose parents do not want them to receive measles, mumps, and rubella vaccinations.
Although vaccination will not harm public health no matter what kind of disease is intended to prevent, the coronavirus is a special case because no one is currently immune. Those who have been vaccinated still need to be vaccinated again, and it is not clear how long the immunity of those who have recovered from COVID-1
Approximately 3 million Oregonians must vaccinate the state’s 4.2 million people to immunize the herd. At this time, enough other people must be vaccinated to greatly reduce the risk of the disease. However, the more people vaccinated, the safer the society as a whole.
Benjamin Clark, a researcher at the University of Oregon, wants to know exactly where Oregon is in defeating and ultimately ending the pandemic, because much of this work depends on personal choice. Clark said his findings were worse than he expected.
“There is indeed deep-rooted ignorance,” Clark said.
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Clark said that this is not just a fear of coronavirus vaccines. His research also found disturbing patterns, which he said may have exacerbated the severity of the pandemic.
Of the 638 people who answered Clark’s question, about one-fifth said that when they were with friends, they never socialized. Three out of ten said that they never wear masks when they are gathering with friends indoors. One in ten said that they get together with 10 or more people every week.
The report summarized Clark’s findings, “These behaviors have contributed to the spread of COVID-19.”
Clark said that the University of Oregon’s findings were not only pessimistic and pessimistic, it also pointed to an excellent opportunity for health officials to take action: Focusing on 33% of Oregonians who said they have not yet decided how they feel about the shooting. .
Clark said that the key to transferring those Oregonians is to strengthen the safety of the vaccine, because those who say it is “possible” to get the vaccine are more likely to say they are worried about giving them the coronavirus.
But it is not enough to say that the coronavirus vaccine is safe. Clark said that instead, the state must actively identify conspiracy theories and false information and expose them publicly.
He said that relevant agencies must also maintain a straightforward attitude towards the actual risks of vaccines, noting that these risks are almost non-existent compared with the potential consequences of coronavirus infection.
Robert Parker, one of Clark’s colleagues, said: “Generally, the public is accustomed to the concept of side effects.” He urged officials to let Oregonians understand the balance between risks and benefits. “They can handle it too.”
Enhancing messaging can save lives, Clark said. The good news is that Oregon has a lot of delivery times, and most Oregonians will actually choose to get the coronavirus vaccine. Officials are reducing a long list of unclear priorities for vaccination.
According to the current vaccine supply rate, by 2021, only those who are not the elderly or basic workers can get the shot. The state is currently working through approximately 300,000 front-line health care workers, while pharmaceutical giants CVS and Walgreens are shooting around 60,000 people living or working in advanced care.
As of midnight, 14,524 Oregonians had received two mandatory vaccinations.
UO researchers have shared their findings with state health officials and the Lien County Public Health Department. Jason Davis, a spokesperson for the agency, said he was not surprised by the results of the October investigation into Lane County and anecdotal observations by health officials.
Davis said Clark’s findings indicate that people are more and more hesitant about vaccines, even among those who “derive their beliefs and opinions from reliable empirical data and scientific research,” as well as wearing masks and socializing. The fatigue is getting longer and longer.
“We did the work for us!” Davis said.
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