No one could have predicted the changes brought on in 2020 by COVID-19. Life in Pinal County, Arizona, the United States and around the world has taken some dramatic turns. Daily routines have been altered severely, yet Americans are resilient and have sought to get back to normal, even if it is a new normal.
However, the fear of the disease is strong among many, and the inconvenience of our new mask-wearing lives is substantial. With that said, it seems somewhat surprising that a poll this week showed that only about a third of Arizonans would be willing to receive a vaccine if it were offered.
COVID-19 has been deadly but it also has been political. People have reacted to news about the pandemic along political lines, based on whether they favor a change in Washington in this political year. That no doubt affected the poll results somewhat. Some Americans are defiant about the disease that has different effects on different people, and sometimes that means unnoticeable. Others fear the Trump administration is rushing vaccines too fast, although the protocols and government oversight being used with the testing are extensive.
Multiple vaccines put forward by leading drug manufacturers and universities sound promising. However, vaccinating against viruses is known to be challenging. The common cold and flu take their toll year by year, although they are not deadly for most victims, unless they have underlying health problems.
A relatively few people decline vaccination for religious reasons, and others fear side effects. Most doctors say the benefits of vaccination outweigh the latter.
It seems likely that if and when a vaccine were found to be safe and effective and some people started taking it, others would be convinced. If and when that time comes, those who do want to take the vaccine will have the opportunity to take advantage of it. The lure of getting back to normal no doubt would be too strong to pass up for many.