Why Aren’t People Getting That Next COVID Shot?
Why aren’t people getting that next COVID Shot? Seems like a valid question. One people should want an answer to or to try to figure out. Others may not want the question asked for what it might potentially reveal. Let’s dig into some statistics first and then get into some red flags 🚩. As of Jan 16, 2023:
- There have been more than 13.107 billion COVID Vaccines administered 1.64x the world’s current population of 8.011 billion.
- 2.537 billion people worldwide are completely unvaccinated for COVI, which is 31.67%.
- In highly vaccinated countries, all that have 50% or more of their population taking at least 1 COVID Shot, 1.394 billion are unvaccinated (21.64%).
- 37.24% of the world is either COVID unvaccinated or has not completed their primary series to be fully vaccinated. 27.47% of the highly vaccinated countries are unvaccinated or have not completed their primary series.
🚩 Red flag #1 is that 445 million + people worldwide have had 1 shot, but chose not to get fully vaccinated. One might say, well maybe people in certain countries were unable to get that 2nd dose. This is why I separated out the highly vaccinated countries from ones that may not have great access to the vaccines. In those highly vaccinated countries, which makes up 80.4% of the world’s population, 375 million + chose to get 1 shot and within a matter of weeks decided they would not get their 2nd shot to become fully vaccinated. This in spite of surely knowing they needed 2, with most vaccine options, to be fully vaccinated in order to keep their jobs, go out, live, and not be pariahs, etc. In the United States it was certainly made clear. Despite that, at this point 39 million + people in the USA have had 1 shot and are not fully vaccinated, more than 2 years after the COVID Vaccination process began.
We should all be asking why, deliberating about why, and trying to find out why. It’s kind of important. Any one who says it isn’t, probably has an inkling the answer might be bad news for their opinions. Those types of persons seem to care more about their beliefs than people, reason, or truth, so let’s not cater to them.
🚩 Red flag #2. 78.36% of highly vaccinated countries’ populations have taken 1 shot. 72.53% are fully vaccinated. But only 53.43%, of countries that I found reporting on (13 countries, straight average of countries not population adjusted), have taken 3 shots or more. Only 34.88% of those in the United States have taken 3 or more shots and their vaccination process starting in December of 2020. This is more than 2 years now. If they’re so safe and effective wouldn’t people be clamoring to take another dose?
Even if you waited a year from the date of 1/17/22, or earlier, if that was within time period when you became fully vaccinated, 212.83 million people in the USA should have had a booster by now, as it was recommended you get one every year (possibly more in a year at this point).₁ Of course, people do die so how much could that affect things? Well in 2021, the deadliest year in the U.S. ever, 3.4 million people died.₂ Even if all those people died in between getting 1 COVID Shot and their 2nd COVID Shot that would leave 10s of millions of Americans that should have had a COVID Booster by now. More than 90 million. What’s the deal?
🚩 Red flag #3. More Flu Vaccines have been distributed this season (2022-2023) than people who have taken the 3rd shot for COVID. I say distributed because that’s how the CDC keeps stats on Flu Vaccines. It seems as the vast majority get used. Distribution occurs gradually from before Flu Season into Flu Season. 170.71 million Flu Vaccines have been distributed in the United States this Flu Season.₃ 116 million + people have taken at least 1 COVID Booster (3 shots or more) in the U.S..₄ 54 million + more Flu Vaccines have been distributed for a much less serious disease than people who have taken at least 1 COVID Booster for a much more dangerous illness. See anything wrong here? Shouldn’t it be the reverse?
In the mindsets of people the Flu Vaccine isn’t terribly effective. In a poll published 2022, 41% of people don’t think Flu Shots work very well.₅ The point being if someone thought effectiveness is the main reason more are getting Flu Shots than COVID Shots now, that might not add up as a large portion of the population already doesn’t believe Flu Shots are effective, but keep getting them (Flu Vaccines distributed are down slightly from this point last year from 173.34 million to 170.71 million).
Some people argue people don’t know about the COVID Boosters. Perhaps the few people living in the woods where the Unabomber lived are unaware, but the rest of us in the United States are under a constant barrage regarding COVID Vaccines that being commercials, the news, social media, our health agencies and government, our doctors, etc. etc.. This seems like a pretty irrational reason for the low uptake.
Laziness is sometimes used as the excuse. Perhaps you could say that regarding a COVID Booster, even though people keep getting their Flu Vaccines yearly. Problem is, were 39 million + Americans too lazy to get fully vaccinated? They were capable enough of getting 1 shot. They surely knew they needed 2nd shot, at least for Moderna and Pfizer, in order to get full immunity, full living rights, or to keep their jobs. Not really buying this argument either.
“Misinformation” is also claimed to be a reason for COVID Vaccine uptake decreases. Let’s face it, there is some real misinformation and disinformation going around on both sides of the debate. Problem is some things labeled misinformation aren’t actually pieces of misinformation. But I digress. This is quite possibly part of the factor. Yet we still have the same problem as the laziness argument. 39 million Americans got 1 dose of an mRNA Vaccine and in a matter of a few weeks tops, the time period you’re supposed to wait to get the 2nd shot, changed their minds about wanting to be fully vaccinated. This is early on in the vaccination process when there were less rumors floating around. So what they heard the “misinformation” in that short time period between 1st and 2nd shot? Not likely. This can’t really reasonably explain a large portion of that 39 million.
That brings us to side effects as a possible reason. In that same poll mentioned above, 39% are concerned about the Flu Vaccine’s side effects. Could this be partly due to the loud conversation around the COVID Vaccine’s side effects? That seems plausible. It also seems plausible that COVID Vaccine Injuries are a large part as to why people are not getting that next COVID Vaccine, which is occurring all over the world and not just the USA. They are the reason people I know are not getting more, I can say that. There are almost 1.5 million adverse events and 33,591 deaths on VAERS reported due to the COVID Vaccines (surely an under reporting, even the NIH would say so).₆ Perhaps these people not getting another shot should be surveyed so we know why they stopped getting more COVID Vaccines? Could give us some very useful insight. Is that too reasonable and logical to ask for?
You can see screenshots of the chart of highly vaccinated countries here with a link to the full spreadsheet of the data below (just click the images to make bigger and scroll through.)₇
Tell me what else you think it could be. Is there anything else that makes rational sense besides too many injuries?
- Number of people in United States fully vaccinated by date. — https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations
- 3.4 million deaths in USA in 2021 — https://usafacts.org/state-of-the-union/health/#:~:text=COVID%2D19%20%26%20Health-,Preliminary%20data%20shows%20that%203.4%20million%20people%20died%20in%202021,accounted%20for%2050%25%20of%20deaths.&text=Centers%20for%20Disease%20Control%20and%20Prevention.
- Flu Vaccine weekly distrubtion for last 3 Flu Seasons — https://www.cdc.gov/flu/fluvaxview/dashboard/vaccination-doses-distributed.html
- Number in USA that have taken at least 1 COVID Booster — https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/pharmacy/states-ranked-by-booster-rates.html
- Flu Vaccine Poll — https://www.cnbc.com/2022/10/04/fewer-americans-plan-to-get-a-flu-shot-this-season-2022.html
- VAERS Statistics — https://openvaers.com/
- Highly vaccinated countries COVID Vaccine spreadsheet (Shots 1-5 data + Bivalent booster) — https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1s5X2EvHSxCk8FptDwsZkwqVhatXkHRhsDDY8-GwToyI/edit?usp=sharing