ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — We’ve been up and down the streets of Rochester and located there’s nonetheless plenty of skepticism in relation to the COVID-19 vaccines.
Some we spoke with mentioned they didn’t like that the vaccines have been fast-tracked. Others mentioned they weren’t going to get a shot as a result of they have been younger and wholesome.
State leaders are calling for everybody to get vaccinated.
“We’ve made it a precedence to get as many Minnesotans vaccinated as rapidly as doable,” Gov. Tim Walz mentioned Wednesday.
However is everybody going to take heed to the governor?
“I perceive this. There’s actually components of the state if I inform them to take it, that’s not going to be useful,” he mentioned.
So, what are well being specialists saying?
“The extra people who find themselves vaccinated, there will probably be much less people who find themselves symptomatically or asymptomatically carrying COVID-19,” Dr. Abinash Virk of Mayo Clinic mentioned.
“After we begin speaking about herd immunity, that dialog shifts a bit of bit to one thing comparable we have been speaking about with masks. You wish to get the vaccine for you, however we wish to obtain herd immunity, so we are able to defend our group,” Graham Briggs mentioned.
Briggs is the Olmsted County Medical Middle Government Director.
“For the reason that youthful group is the biggest group spreading COVID-19, it’s actually vital for them to in the end get vaccinated,” Dr. Virk mentioned.
There are some billboards in Rochester encouraging individuals to not get vaccinated. Dr. Virk addressed these.
“We noticed that billboard earlier than we even began vaccinating. We are attempting as a lot as doable to dispel the myths and misinformation associated to those vaccines We now have info on the web site. We encourage individuals to go to CDC, MDH’s web site to be taught extra about these vaccines,” she mentioned.