The vaccines are coming: A divided and distrustful America awaits

The vaccines are coming: A divided and distrustful America awaits

[Ed. – If the masses who are convinced that the risks outweigh the benefits or that the pandemic is a hoax can’t be persuaded otherwise, we are in big trouble.]

The first Americans will most likely receive shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the coming days, and the government is expected to approve other vaccines as well. Health officials are working to ease public doubts about the safety of the injections, emphasizing that large numbers of Americans — perhaps between 60 to 70 percent — must get vaccinated to produce a decisively sharp decline in transmission rates. So far, there is work to be done.

Stephanie Bennett, a psychiatric nurse in Tulsa, Okla., said she fully understood the importance of the vaccines and expected to be near the front of the line as they were made available. Still, she is torn.

“I do have risks in being a frontline health worker,” Ms. Bennett said. “But just being a mother, I do have this crushing guilt in getting a vaccine that my child would not have access to at the same time.”

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