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Some community members still hesitant about COVID-19 vaccine

As the vaccine becomes available to more people, not everyone is signing up yet.

Posted: Mar 29, 2021 5:32 PM
Updated: Mar 29, 2021 6:49 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Even as the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available to more people, not everyone is signing up for the shot.

Right now both California and the country are at about 16% when it comes to herd immunity. However, for full herd immunity, we need to be around 75-80%, but with some people hesitant to get vaccinated it could take us longer to hit those numbers.

Some community members, like Adam Amani, said they plan to wait.

"I won't be getting the vaccine right away. I want to see what kind of effects it has long-term on most people," said Amani. "I do have friends on both sides of it, some that are waiting like me, to be honest. As someone who has already had COVID, and built some immunity, I have no issue waiting at all."

Action News Now took Amani's concerns to Butte County Health Officer, Dr. Robert Bernstein.

"We don't know that there are any long-term adverse effects of getting any one of the approved vaccines, because we've only been giving those vaccines for a short time, but we do know all three are very effective in preventing moderate to severe COVID-19 disease and avoiding COVID-19 disease-related deaths, we know that is very good information," said Dr. Bernstein.

Bernstein said immunity from natural infection is not as effective as the vaccine.

"The vaccines provide you not only antibodies but what's called cellular immunity which will be more persistent and more effective in preventing disease and preventing transmission of infection to others," Bernstein said. 

Bernstein said it's important for everyone to get vaccinated as soon as they're eligible.

Monday, Butte County opened up vaccinations to people ages 16 and older and the state will do the same starting on April 15.

Public Health officials said those using the MyTurn scheduling system need to check the "65-74" age option to begin the scheduling process. When prompted to enter their date of birth, people need to use their actual date of birth as it is used to verify eligibility when arriving at the vaccination clinic.

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