A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 17% of Americans say they’re taking a “wait and see” approach to getting vaccinated, meaning they want to hold off until they see how it’s working for other people.
Most of the hesitation comes from safety concerns, despite continuous reassurance from the CDC and medical experts around the world that the vaccines are safe, effective, and meet all the requirements of the FDA for emergency use authorization.
“As long as we don't see an increase in coronavirus activity, as of July 1, Michigan will be lifting essentially all pandemic-related restrictions, including any masking orders,” said Dr. Nick Gilpin, Beaumont’s director of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology. “The best way to prepare is to make sure you get vaccinated, so you'll be on your way to full protection.”
Three Reasons to Get Vaccinated Now
- It’s been more than a year since the first clinical trial recipients were vaccinated and peer-reviewed phase 3 trial results show no significant reports of severe or long-term side effects.
- Declining COVID-19 cases and increasing vaccination rates prompted the CDC and many states, including Michigan, to loosen restrictions on mask wearing, gathering and social distancing. This may put those who are unvaccinated at a higher risk of contracting the virus.
- The only way we can get closer to herd immunity and past the pandemic is if more people get vaccinated.