Psychological Risks with COVID-19 Vaccines: If History Is a Guide, Given the Large Number of People to Be Vaccinated a Mass Anxiety Event Is Not Improbable.

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Date: Wntr 2021
From: Skeptic (Altadena, CA)(Vol. 26, Issue 1)
Publisher: Skeptics Society & Skeptic Magazine
Document Type: Report
Length: 902 words
Lexile Measure: 1490L

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THE NEWS MEDIA HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN the current race to vaccinate enough people in the United States and around the world, so that we can reach the all-important goal of attaining herd immunity--the level where a sufficient number of people have been inoculated and can fight off infection and not pass it on. When that tipping point is reached, person-to-person infection is expected to become much less likely. By current projections, American immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci believes that the United States could reach the early stages of herd immunity by late March, 2021.' The biggest impediment to attaining it is what the World Health Organization describes as "vaccine hesitancy"--the reluctance of people to get vaccinated. Even before the pandemic, the WHO was warning that vaccine hesitancy was a significant threat to world health. (2)

A major problem in maintaining public confidence in the safety of the vaccines that are being rolled out are reports of allergic reactions in health care workers shortly after being inoculated. The first reports appeared in England and involved two persons with a history of allergic reactions. More recently, two patients in Alaska were affected and more can be expected. Health authorities have been quick to point out that none of these cases were life-threatening.

These incidents will undoubtedly give some pause in deciding whether or not...

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