KYW Medical Report: Why we need a public education campaign addressing vaccine concerns

A medical tray full of syringes containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is seen on a table
LOUISVILLE, KY - JANUARY 20: A medical tray full of syringes containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is seen on a table Photo credit Jon Cherry/Getty Images
By KYW Newsradio

KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross.

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It has been estimated that as many as four out of 10 people have serious concerns about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

I am in favor of the COVID-19 vaccine and have taken the vaccine myself. I have seen far too many people either lose their lives or have their lives dramatically changed as a result of the virus.

That being said, I can understand those who question the vaccine based on some of the horrific actions taken decades ago and a lack of trust passed down through generations.

It is important to have a public education campaign addressing these concerns to inform people about the benefits of the vaccine, as well as addressing concerns.

Thus far, there has been little effort to achieve this goal, but there is good news.

As the vaccines have been distributed, information about concerns has been transparent and a growing number of people are reconsidering their stance.