COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy


UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — According to the CDC, the first COVID-19 vaccine could be ready before the end of 2020. Distributing the vaccine is one thing, it’s another thing for people to actually get it. Dr. Kent Hall from the Mohawk Valley Health System says health professionals are worried that the public won’t want to get vaccinated right away.

“It is something that we are concerned about. It’s important for us, and by us I mean the medical community, to really get out there and say with a safe, effective vaccine, it is so important for everybody to get vaccinated.” – Kent Hall, Chief Physician Executive, MVHS

Dr. Hall says getting the vaccine not only protects yourself, but it helps protect others. He says there have been a lot of studies with the vaccine that suggest it’s reliable.

“44,000 to 60,000 people have been involved in these studies depending upon which one it. I certainly understand where people are coming from there and that’s why it’s so important for us to be able to really look at the data and to understand it.” – Kent Hall, Chief Physician Executive, MVHS

Like most things in life, there’s always risks and benefits but Dr. Hall says getting the vaccine is better than getting the virus.

“Nothing is 100% safe and so there’s a potential that there will be some related issues with it, but there will undoubtedly be less than if you go the disease itself.” – Kent Hall, Chief Physician Executive, MVHS

Dr. Hall says it’s going to be awhile before things get back to a new normal. Until then, he says we must continue to act responsibly because a vaccine doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods yet.

“My message to people is don’t think because they start distributing a vaccine on Thursday that by Friday we’re all going to be fine. We’re still going to be careful for quite some time.” – Kent Hall, Chief Physician Executive, MVHS

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