NEWARK, NJ (UKTN) – A drop in demand for the COVID-19 vaccine has warned some experts that we may never achieve herd immunity, so why are so many people opting for the vaccine?
A FEMA-run site in Newark can immunize thousands of people a day, but outside, few takers come and go.
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It’s not just in Newark.
Across the country, demand for the vaccine has declined. Vaccines are down 50% from their peak on April 13, when the federal government announced a hiatus on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he wanted 70% of the country to be vaccinated by July 4.
“In two months, let’s celebrate our independence as a nation and our independence from this virus,” he said.
Natalia, a resident of New Jersey, told UKTN’s Nick Caloway that she has reservations and worries there isn’t enough information about the long-term side effects of the shot.
“You know, I’m a woman in my thirties and you want to start a family, so you have concerns. Like, is there any, there are rumors that there might be some fertility issues. How does it affect you in this way? ” she said.
“I’m not afraid of catching the virus,” said Bill Hoelzel, a resident of Morristown.
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He contracted COVID in December and hasn’t shown any symptoms, so he’s in no rush to get the shot.
“I’ve heard a lot from a lot of my friends who get vaccinated and all of a sudden have to deal with a few days of fever. I don’t really want to deal with this, ”Hoelzel said.
In New York City, nearly half of FDNY staff are either fully vaccinated or almost there, but startling figures reveal that only around 35% of NYPD officers and support staff are fully vaccinated.
This reflects what many agencies across the country are seeing.
A recent Washington Post report found that only 5 of 40 departments surveyed had an immunization rate above 50%.
This reluctance has warned health experts that herd immunity is unlikely anytime soon.
“I think it’s really hard to say you can get there by any certain date,” said Dr Dan Varga, of Hackensack Meridian Health. “I think this raises an appropriate concern and is an appropriate type of call to stay vigilant.”
The FDA is expected to approve vaccination of children between the ages of 12 and 15 soon. It can’t happen soon enough, as children make up almost a quarter of all new cases.
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Nick Caloway of UKTN contributed to this report.