NewsNation spoke to people in downtown Chicago to see if they’d be willing to take the vaccine once it’s available.
“Yes I will. I’ll be one of the first ones to get the vaccine. I think we all need to get the vaccine to really get rid of this and be safe to open back up. We get vaccines for everything nowadays so I think one more added to our list is only just saving us from everything.”Sepiedeh Paydar
Not everyone sees it that way, pointing to safety concerns — especially around how quickly it’s being developed and tested. Moderna says early data suggests its COVID-19 vaccine almost 95% effective
“No, I would not. One — I don’t feel it’s been tested. I’ve had COVID, I’m not afraid of it. I don’t feel it’s something we need to run and hide from, so no I don’t trust it. I honestly do not trust the makers of the vaccine — I have very strong opinions on this COVID, I do.”Marguerite Stewart
“That’s a tricky question. I guess it just depends on the results that come out. Personally, I really wouldn’t trust it because there’s so many theories about the whole COVID thing — so it’s something to think about before actually getting the vaccine.”Pricila Ortega
“I’m a nurse and vaccination is the way that we’ll actually protect the public. I’ll certainly get a vaccine once it’s available and I know what the profile of the risk is, but just at the moment, they’re saying it’s successful — but you don’t know what the risk level is. I’m not prepared to take something I don’t know anything about — it’s as simple as that.”David Benton
However, for some people — it’s as simple as wanting to get back to some type of normalcy.
“Yes, I will. It’s not worse than wearing this [mask] every day. I don’t think anything will be more terrible wearing this trying to breathe — it’s better than just not doing anything at all. It’s better than keeping things still and nothing is happening, let’s give it a try.”Sakinad Danjuma