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Herd immunity or not, 4 of 5 opposing COVID-19 vaccine will NOT change their mind: survey

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As the number of daily COVID-19 vaccination doses given begin to taper off now that most people who want the vaccine have gotten it, a new poll shows that the push for “herd immunity” may be an uphill battle for those peddling the largely experimental jab.

The recent poll revealed that most people unwilling to get the COVID-19 jab aren’t likely to change their minds anytime soon. An overwhelming majority of respondents, 79 percent, indicated that their minds were made up about not getting the vaccine.  Much smaller groups of people said they still might change their minds (16 percent) or may be willing to change their minds (5 percent).

Women were more firm in their convictions than men, with 81 percent of women responding that they would not change their minds. This may be attributable to the fact that they’ve heard the term “my body, my choice” their entire lives and want to choose what gets injected into their bodies. As for men, 77 percent felt as strongly on the issue.

The most malleable population was the younger crowd of 18 to 29-year-olds, 14 percent of whom said they might still change their minds.

Perhaps not surprisingly, given that liberals might be afraid to take off their masks out of fear they might look like Republicans. As for political leanings, 23 percent of  Democrats responded that they might still change their mind, and only 3 percent of Republicans might still be open to the shot.

According to the CDC website, 45.6 percent of the total United States population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.  That number rises to 57.7 percent of adults age 18 and above, the primary population for which COVID-19 vaccines currently have approval.

Experts still don’t know what rate of vaccinations and infections are needed to achieve the elusive “herd immunity,” or if it’s even attainable.

Over the course of the pandemic, the goal post keeps moving. At one point Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director claimed 60 to 70 percent of the population would need to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity. He later changed his estimates to 70 to 90 percent.

Fauci has since suggested we should ignore herd immunity altogether and focus on vaccinations.

“People were getting confused and thinking you’re never going to get the infections down until you reach this mystical level of herd immunity, whatever that number is,” he told the New York Times.

Those surveyed in the poll may hold their strong convictions against vaccines due to many of the common reasons some people have cited for not wanting to get the Covid vaccine.  One such reason appears to be the push for a one size fits all approach to a virus that the vast majority of the population has a good chance of surviving.

They may also be wary of the vaccine due to the manufacturers having immunity from liability in the event of death or injury.

According to 42 U.S. Code § 300aa–22: “No vaccine manufacturer shall be liable in a civil action for damages arising from a vaccine-related injury or death associated with the administration of a vaccine after October 1, 1988, if the injury or death resulted from side effects that were unavoidable even though the vaccine was properly prepared and was accompanied by proper directions and warnings.”

Ashley Hill

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