Vaccine Hesitancy Makes Sense

Plenty of people who get the jab are a bit worried about it at first

Gideon M-K; Health Nerd
Medium Coronavirus Blog


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Vaccines against Covid-19 are rolling out across the world, and it’s a beautiful sight. If you had told most scientists this time last year that we would be seeing effective, safe vaccines preventing Covid-19 infection in every corner of the globe within 12 months, we would probably not have believed you. The monumental amount of work required to get us to this place cannot be overstated — it is a truly spectacular achievement.

Pictured: Truly spectacular

But with vaccinations comes inevitable anxiety. Vaccines are, as a rule, a bit scary because they are medical interventions that we give to often perfectly healthy people not to treat their disease but to prevent it. Not only do many of us feel the basic worry that comes with all medicine — it’s never fun to have a needle in your arm — but also the added discomfort that this is something unknown and somewhat undesired.

Now, this is not to say that the vaccines aren’t safe. As I’ve written about before, the Covid-19 immunizations have gone through rigorous research processes, and are even now being scrutinized very carefully in…