- Oct 20, 2003
Re-read my post as it relates to the one I quoted. Ajay was arguing that aspects of vaccine hesitancy can be explained by "reasonably intelligent" people having qualms about an emergency use authorization as opposed to full FDA approval. He also suggested these fears can be attributed to comparing the rapid release of the Covid-19 vaccines vs. historical vaccines. My overall point is that he gives vaccine hesitancy way too much credit for being thoughtful and reasoned.
Technically, I'm not even referring to the science itself. Does a layman understand mRNA or what the spike protein is? Fat chance getting an average Joe to make an informed decision based on the underlying science, even though it is often distilled down for more people to understand.
My hunch is that full FDA approval won't move the needle much. This is the non-political thread, but the evidence is abundant that a lot of vaccine rejection (which is different from hesitancy) boils down to political affiliation.
I understand your point but I disagree.
Vaccine-hesitancy, denial, mistrust ... whatever you want to call it ... IS without doubt largely spread by the ignorant.
The myriad reasons leading TO that ignorance are another issue entirely although in summery for the most part ignorance goes hand-in-hand with lack of education.
If education/lack thereof AND vaccine levels happen to fall along political/party lines so be it.