Rutgers doctor: Public must be on board with COVID-19 vaccine to defeat pandemic
Many people remain nervous about potential side effects as
pharmaceutical companies around the world develop COVID-19 vaccines.
Rutgers School of Public Health Dean Dr. Perry Halkitis says that
if the pandemic is to end, and the old way of life is to resume, the
public-at-large must take the COVID-19 vaccine. He says that every vaccine has
According to experts, the COVID-19 vaccine's side effects are
relatively mild. People who've taken part in the trials say they've dealt with
headaches, fatigue and muscle aches for a day and then they are gone.
A recent Rutgers-Eagleton poll says
between 36% and 47% of people questioned say they will not get
"I am hoping that we are
going to have some high-profile figures, and then some people from within our communities
saying I took the vaccine," says Dr. Halkitis.
Halkitis says if it is to
work, there has to also be an education component about the vaccine and
constant communication to remind people to get their shots.
Dr. Halkitis says leaders
need to engender trust and communication to get doubters to believe in this