GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Will you get the COVID-19 vaccine?
It’s a question on the minds of millions of Americans as the first doses of Pfzier’s vaccine were shipped out of Portage, Mich. Sunday.
According to Dr. Moncef Slaoui, chief science adviser for the federal government’s Operation Warp Speed, to reach herd immunity we need 75% to 80% of the U.S. population immunized against COVID-19.
The FDA says the data shows the vaccine is safe and effective and the benefits greatly outweigh the risks.
FOX 17 asked a few people in downtown Grand Rapids Sunday about their plans.
“It's been a long time and I think people are really ready and anxious,” Elizabeth Morey told FOX 17.
“I actually already have had COVID. But I do plan to get the vaccine to help protect others, and my family and my kids and I think it's the right thing to do,” Morey explained.
“I know it can be a little nerve wracking because you don't know what it is, I haven't done a lot of research on it but I do plan to get the vaccine. I want to be back with my family and back supporting local businesses and all that,” Morey added.
Others we spoke with are impressed with the vaccine development and outcome.
“I think the vaccine is great, [the Trump Administration] did a wonderful job hightailing it fast tracking it however you want to put it,” Jeremiah Slater told FOX 17.
Though Slater says he doesn’t plan on getting it himself.
“I just feel that myself, I'm fairly healthy I do my own precautionary measures. And for me at this point in my time in my life is just not for me,” Slater said.
“If I were 80, 85, 90, then I would. I encourage my grandmother to have gotten it even my parents who get the flu shot every year. I'm all for that, but me being under 50 I'm pretty satisfied, I'm a healthy individual,” Slater added.
Based on current plans, it will be a few months before most Americans have the opportunity to get the vaccine.
In a tweet Sunday, President Trump says he looks forward to getting the vaccine.
People working in the White House should receive the vaccine somewhat later in the program, unless specifically necessary. I have asked that this adjustment be made. I am not scheduled to take the vaccine, but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2020
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