Many 18 to 29 yr olds are hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine – CBS Chicago
CHICAGO (CBS) – Many 18 to 29 year olds are reluctant to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Terrance is a 20 year old from Chicago and hesitant to get the shot. Eva is a high school graduate who has eagerly got hers, but her friends are dubious. And Dr. Jennifer Seo is the Chief Medical Officer for the Chicago Department of Health. The three met up with Chris Tye from CBS 2 for an open discussion about vaccinations.
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Chris Tye: Terrance, can you speak to us about what brought you to the place to say that the vaccine in this place is not for me at this point in time?
Terrance: Throughout our African American history, we have had a few situations where vaccination has not been the most successful. And since it’s only been a year and there haven’t been many human trials, it doesn’t really show a safe story for me to be able to get the vaccination.
Tye: Dr. Seo, when you hear this, what’s the best way to have a dialogue about these concerns?
Dr. Seo: First and foremost, acknowledge the story in terms of commitment to the African American community and our health system, so aknow the past and history and the distance we have to travel to regain that confidence. No corners have been cut in relation to the development of the vaccine. What was cut was red tape.
Tye: Terrance, when you hear this, is this one of those subjects where you are immobile or more discussion could push you in a different direction?
Terrance: I still feel reluctant to deal with the situation. And also the idea that you can possibly still get it with the vaccination and also the experience with myself, having family members who got the vaccination and had great symptoms afterwards, is just something that worries me myself.
Dr. Seo: In general, the side effects are mild. And this is a sign that the vaccine is working. It would be a lot worse if the person got COVID-19.
Tye: Eva is a senior at Lane Tech. Can you talk about what stood out most for you in the Pros and Cons column?
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Eva: For me, the advantages compared to the disadvantages were pretty overwhelming. T.The fears I heard from my peers and the fears I had side effects myself. That worried me, but the potential fatal symptoms of COVID-19 were outweighed by the possibility of temporary side effects from the vaccine.
Dr. Seo: The more Chicago residents get vaccinated, the more we can get back to the activities we loved before this pandemic: to See your friends for a prom without worrying about catching COVID-19 or causing an outbreak. These are all important things.
Terrance: I’ve heard situations where over 7,000 people who have been vaccinated have died. That’s not a sure sign for me.
DR. Seo: We keep collecting data. I think the For example, one wonderful thing they found with the Pfizer vaccine six months after receiving the vaccine was the amount of protection people received and how effective it was, just as much as a week after.
Tye: Could that have pushed you into the “I’ll think about it” camp?
Terrance: It just moves the needle a little of interest to see what more I can do to actually prevent the spread, but as far as the vaccination goes, I’m still not interested.
Dr. Seo: It is important that you have a dialogue, that you deal with information. I would like to see you vaccinated soon.
One thing the doctor said she loved hearing from Terrance was that while he doesn’t plan on getting vaccinated right away, he continues to focus on hand washing, masking, and social distancing – important habits that must be kept if you pass the vaccination on.
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Terrance said 7,000 people who were vaccinated had died, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there had been 9,245 breakthrough infections – when vaccinated people developed the same disease a vaccine is designed to prevent – and only 132 died. Twenty of these were asymptomatic or unrelated to COVID-19.