BUTTE COUNTY, Calif.- As the world waits for the first coronavirus vaccine, a new study shows that vaccination rates are down by about 40% in California.
Additionally, a recent poll shows that one third of Americans say they would not even get the coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available.
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Dr. Roy Shannon, who is the head of infection control at Oroville Hospital says it could still be another year before we see a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine.
But he says recently we have seen a decrease in vaccination rates in general all over the country and he doesn't know how people will feel about getting a new vaccine.
A recent poll surveyed 1,000 adults and found that 35% of Americans say they won't get the coronavirus vaccine. Twenty-nine percent of Americans say they will definitely get the vaccine. Another third said "probably."
Another study from the C.D.C. shows that 40% fewer children were vaccinated compared to this time last year. Doctor ordered vaccine doses dropped by about 2.5 million, just a week after the coronavirus emergency declaration went into effect on March 13th.
For now, Dr. Shannon is urging people to continue following social distancing and wear masks when out in public.
Researchers around the world are developing more than 135 vaccines against the coronavirus. vaccines typically require years of research and testing before reaching the clinic, but scientists are racing to produce a safe and effective vaccine by next year.