The North Bend Eagle



COVID vaccine anticipated with precautions

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 9/30/20

The North Bend Eagle received a request from a writer and editor based in New York City working on deadline for a journalistic project for The Aspen Institute titled “The Future of Science in America: The Election Issue.” He wanted to know our community’s perspective on an eventual COVID vaccine

A small sampling of area residents were polled with varying yet similar thoughts.

The first question was if they were eager or skeptical about a COVID vaccine.

Most, whether eager or skeptical about a vaccine, want to see what the testing shows. One said that he would even look into the reputations of the companies making the vaccine and their history with vaccines and if it is a one or two shot vaccine.

Another said they would be more encouraged if a quick response, accurate, affordable COVID test were a high priority along with a vaccine, saying that kind of test would be a better solution to the coronavirus than the first few vaccines.

Of those polled, half were eager for a vaccine to come, and half of those said they would get the vaccine as soon as one was available, the main reason being to protect themselves and their families.

The rest, along with those skeptical about a vaccine, said they would wait, delve more into the scientific and medical community results, see how those taking it initially reacted before getting the vaccine themselves.

Another question the NYC editor wanted to know was if political affiliations correlated with their points of view regarding vaccines?

This got a resounding ‘no’ from all of the responders with many strong comments.

One person who said she was “horribly skeptical” said she can’t believe anything anymore. She went on to say, “The CDC keeps changing with no concrete answers” as an example. This person is also skeptical about the number of people counted as dying from COVID-19 as opposed to dying from something else but also having COVID.

Another said she did not want to see the vaccine rushed through. Another said they were not real trustful as many (vaccine trials) haven’t done a complete evaluation.

One wrote, “It is disheartening to see the health agencies that we used to depend on become more prone to political manipulation thus less dependable. I do think there are many scientists and staff in these agencies who are doing their professional best to make this vaccine efficient, available and affordable so that gives me hope.”

Many agreed that politics should be left out of health care policy or development of a vaccine. This is a health issue, not political, most everyone said.

When asked if they will get the vaccine as soon as it is available, only a quarter of those polled said they would, with the condition that the medical community was behind the vaccine.

Others said they would wait a while until they have seen how others who have had the vaccine react, how effective or if there were side effects. Many want to hear if the scientific community was behind a particular vaccine.

One wrote, “Not right away, not the first round for sure. If it is like the chicken pox shot and you would never get it, then I might. Will have to look at the research.”

Another wrote that they do not get the flu vaccine so they would have a hard time getting the COVID vaccine. But they would consider it after waiting to see what side effects may come from it.

One person polled had a sense of security, maybe false, about COVID. They live in the country, rarely go out, wear mask when they do and feel a sense of isolation from the virus. They will wait to see if the vaccine is going to work before they get it.

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