People may not realize that the only way to eradicate COVID-19, like previous pandemics, is to be vaccinated against the virus. TikTok created an in-app notice on posts with #covid19 and related hashtags, connecting users to the World Health Organization website and local public health agencies. According to its Safety Center, the platform is actively removing anti-vaccine content and working with fact-checking partners to remove false or misleading content. If both unvaccinated people eventually want to meet indoors, she added, and they both live alone, they could.

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51% of all workers felt employers should require employees to get vaccinated, a figure that plummets to 19% if the respondent is unvaccinated. However, people were far less enthusiastic about the idea when it concerned them, with 61% opposing the idea for their own employer. The personal risk/benefit analysis still plays a role and preventing serious illness is definitely important, but getting the vaccine to protect others no longer seems to be relevant if the vaccinated can spread it, too. In fact, some experts have advised only individuals at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19 to get vaccinated, in order to prevent the evolution of even more vaccine resistant variants.

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So the socially responsible thing is to get vaccinated. This kind of fear is what’s keeping this pandemic going. Found that 27% of Black Americans said they “definitely won’t” take the vaccine, and 22% said they “probably won’t.” Acknowledge this part of history, and offer your confidence in the advances since then. For 40 years the participants were denied knowledge of their diagnosis while being subject to medical tests without proper information and denied proper treatment and access to penicillin once it became available. Before confronting this person with a stream of links, consider what may be going through their mind in regard to taking a COVID vaccine. Think of phrases like “I’m hoping to learn more about how you came to your conclusion.” Make a list of things to proactively plan, like travel, family events or seeing friends who are not in agreement.

We know people say they’re more likely to get the COVID-19 vaccine if they know someone else who has. Seventy percent of those who know someone vaccinated say they’d get a shot, compared to 48% of those who don’t know someone who’s been vaccinated. And in the case of COVID-19, they’re not always wrong—most young people show few symptoms if they contract the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

However, multiple studies suggest that the vaccines do in fact reduce transmission, and many studies are underway to land on a definitive answer. A separate study published in late March in Nature Medicinefound that people who had been vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and later contracted an infection had lower viral loads than unvaccinated people who got infected. Since viral load is an indicator of how infectious a person is, that also suggests that the likelihood of transmission is low. Bumble, another dating app, told Insider it had seen an increase in the number of people with the word “vaccine” or “vaccinated” in their Bumble profiles but did not elaborate.

Amid declining deaths and new cases, the U.S. has almost fully reopened, despite most states being unlikely to miss President Biden’s goal of having 70% of Americans at least partially vaccinated by July 4. Incentives have been unable to provide more than a temporary reprieve to the falling vaccination rates and many states and communities with low vaccination rates are susceptible to outbreaks of Covid-19. The president’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, says this could lead to “two Americas,” dividing areas with high and low vaccination rates. The successes of the vaccination campaign actually seem to be hindering further efforts to get people immunized, with half of unvaccinated adults believing there to be no further need for people to get vaccinated due to the low number of cases. In explaining my decision, my hope is not to convince people to change their minds about whether to vaccinate but rather to help others understand why some may choose differently. Two-thirds of Republicans under 30 without a college degree say that they are “not concerned at all” about COVID-19 in their area, according to polling from Civiqs.

Our experts continually monitor the health and wellness space, and we update our articles when new information becomes available. Her husband now knows that Jones received both doses of the vaccination, and he supports her decision. The couple agrees not to vaccinate their three teenage children. Dr. Dawn Richardson, an emergency room physician in New Hampshire, has vast experience both giving and taking shots. Yet she struggles with a lifelong fear of needles that had no apparent trigger.

All vaccines currently being studied are tested for both their effectiveness and safety. Before reaching the general public, Health Canada needs to approve that the vaccine is safe enough for public use. Even so, there’s a chance that some individuals could suffer long-term side effects from a COVID-19 vaccine, Bowman said. “Pandemic Problems” is an advice column that answers readers’ pandemic questions — often with help from public health data, philosophy professors and therapists — who weigh in on how to “do the right thing.” Do you have a pandemic problem? Email Nicole Karlis Peace of mind and collective commiseration awaits.

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The Canisius College freshman lacrosse team midfielder said she did so to “tremendously decrease my chances of being diagnosed with Covid-19, ensure I would not be placed in quarantine again and for the safety of others.” The mandates, bribes, social pressure, censorship, and ever changing policies that don’t present clear scientific rationale need to stop. Has been studying online disinformation since 2015, with a special focus on anti-vaccine groups on Facebook. “People come into the space for a variety of reasons,” she said. But in the past few years, Republican politicians have played more directly to anti-vaccine fears, pulling these groups to the right. I think the major issue is understanding how you are supposed to date someone who isn’t vaccinated?

Vaccine hesitaters are not a monolith, but a diverse group with many reasons for avoiding vaccination. Some are concerned the COVID-19 vaccines aren’t safe or that potential side effects aren’t worth the risk of taking them. Others think the risk of getting COVID themselves is low; so, why bother? Still others have a resistance to government intervention and see taking the vaccine as capitulation to government overreach and a bane to personal freedoms.

A small number are simply opposed to all vaccines. Having open conversations with your date or partner about their vaccination status is a good idea even if the topic isn’t a dealbreaker, Monique White-Dominguez, lead physician at Sameday Health, told Verywell in an email. Some dating apps, like Tinder, have been participating in a vaccination initiative with the White House since May, where they let users share their vaccination status on their profile. Users who choose to display their vaccination can also access premium features of the apps that others cannot. But I know you’re also concerned about carrying the virus home, especially once you travel for work. The jury is still technically out on whether or not not vaccinated people can carry and transmit the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .