Center For Inquiry ✒ As America enters its second fall under the pall of the pandemic, there’s mixed news.
On one hand, most Americans are vaccinated against Covid-19; as of this week about 210 million have gotten at least one vaccine shot. On the other hand the Delta variant is surging—unsurprisingly, almost exclusively among the unvaccinated — cases among children spiking. Making matters worse, complaints about both masking and vaccinations are coming to the fore, with protests and threats of lawsuits over government and/or employers requiring their employees be vaccinated.
Roots of Anti-Vaccination Beliefs
Why do some people doubt vaccine safety and efficacy? One reason is that their effectiveness cannot be proven on an individual basis. For example even people who are effectively vaccinated against a specific disease can still catch it (no vaccination is completely effective, and you might catch a different virus strain than the one you were inoculated against). This can lead people to doubt the usefulness of vaccines: if it’s possible to catch a disease with or without a vaccination, then what’s the point?
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