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COVID-19 vaccines: importance to vaccinate young people. Anti-vaxxers. 2
In the States, several million people have been vaccinated, mostly with the mRNA vaccine. Two mRNA-based coronavirus vaccines are approved at this point in Germany and in Europe. In the European community, a general COVID-19 vaccination campaign started. What do you hear about the clinical aspects of the vaccination campaigns so far?
It first started in the United Kingdom about three to four weeks ago. And now, in the rest of the European Union, it started yesterday. So what you can say is from the data coming in, from the UK, and what we saw in Germany and other European countries yesterday, acute side effects are very, very rare. Nobody died due to the vaccination procedure, and in between the first hours after vaccination, so coronavirus vaccine is safe. And this is very important because if the COVID-19 vaccine shows to be safe, and I’m sure this is true, the willingness of the population to be vaccinated will increase. The willingness of the population to be vaccinated is a big problem. For example, in Germany, because the number of enemies against vaccination procedure, not only for COVID-19 but also for other diseases, is remarkable. And from a political point of view, we have to convince these people that it makes sense, and it’s a kind of social responsibility to be vaccinated against coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
Considering a relatively high but very vocal minority of the people, but it’s still a high number of people [who refuse vaccines]. What do you think is responsible for this kind of a trend, an upward trend to people being hesitant about vaccination or outright refusing the vaccines? Because the educational level in Germany, and Europe, in general, is very high. So people are certainly aware of a lot of information from credible scientific sources.
It’s not logical; it’s ideological. And we have different ideologies, which drive campaigns against vaccination. So some people coming from a more nature-focused philosophy thing. They believe the organism has to learn to cover such kind of diseases. And it’s, uh, let me say, a Darwinistic process if you do or do not get sick with COIVD-19. But I think if someone in the family dies, and the more you see people dying with COVID-19, the more you will be convinced that this is a good thing to be vaccinated. And the second one, the second issue, mainly in Germany, and in the south European countries, is this. If you are young, and you are only in contact with younger people, and younger people do not die, you do not see the risk of COVID-19. And the high mortality we are faced within the hospitals.
And that’s true. But clearly, younger people play a large role in disseminating the virus. They travel around, they move around. I mean, that’s part of the reason why there are so many arguments in the States whether the schools should be closed or open. And at what age are kids safe not for their safety so much, but from transmitting COVID-19 into their multi-generational households often. So I think, nevertheless, perhaps it’s time for the younger people to think more about the world at large rather than only about their health. You know, that’s perhaps the public message.
Also for the younger people. Yeah. For younger people. Suppose we do want to come back to normality. If we want to get, let me say, it’s a little bit pathetic. If you want, if we want to get our life back, we have to avoid transmission of the coronavirus and follow still prevention measures. And the most effective preventive measure is vaccination. It is the only way to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.
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