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Vaccine rates are declining

Almost 150 million people have been vaccinated in the US, but the vaccine rate is in decline. According to the New York Times, “Vaccinations fell sharply in the days after April 13, when health officials announced a pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to investigate reports of rare side effects, and they have not fully recovered. Experts say the 11-day pause is partly responsible, but the data also shows a slowing uptake of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines…

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has started to return across the country, but it’s too soon to say how much its use will rebound. A Survey Monkey poll by Boston Children’s Hospital shows that willingness to take Johnson & Johnson fell during and after the pause, especially among women, but that interest in getting the one-dose shot is slowly returning…

Health officials say the national deceleration was an inevitable part of the rollout, after reaching the people most eager to get their shots in most states. The decline is visible in the data for those seeking their first or second shots, but also for total doses administered, which peaked at slightly above three million shots a day, just before the pause took effect…

Health experts and officials say there’s lots of work to be done to reach those adults who haven’t yet gotten the vaccine.”

In a recent poll of about 350 global Sermo physicians, 73% said they have seen an increase in hesitancy to take the J&J vaccine since it was paused and then reinstated. And 64% have seen a general increase in vaccine hesitancy regarding all Covid-19 vaccines as a result of the J&J pause. Seventy-five percent of physicians said that among people who are willing to get vaccinated, there has been a change in preference for the brand of vaccine they are willing to accept. And 44% believe that the J&J vaccine will not fully recover from the stigma of the pause.

Sixty-eight percent of physicians said that part of the reason that vaccinations are on the decline could be that the majority of people who were open and willing to receive the vaccine have already received it. 

Here’s more of what Sermo physicians have to say on this topic:

Vaccine fears have increased after the adverse effects of AztraS vaccines

Pediatrics (excluding surgery)

The vaccine should not be “required” by employers or schools/colleges for those in low risk categories whose risk from the disease is extremely low. Any side effects of a mandatory vaccine for a low risk disease would be seen as totally unacceptable to a lot of folks, including me.

Occupational Medicine

They may have paused it unnecessarily which has unfortunately caused vaccine fear for some.

Cardiology

All medications have side effects. The most dangerous side effects are very rare, statistically speaking the benefit of vaccination is higher than the very rare side effect. That’s the information the patient needs to hear, even if is difficult to swallow. Vaccination must be mandatory.

General Practice (GP)

They should have limited its use to the elderly. 65 and up

Internal Medicine