COVID-19 | Vaccines arrive, but citizen mistrust must be overcome

The long-awaited vaccines against COVID-19 are getting closer to being a reality. After overcoming the critical phases of the trials, governments around the world, such as the Italian, are planning mass vaccination campaigns. However, they will have to overcome many misgivings: according to a study, 40% of Italians would not risk putting it on at first.

“Personally, I am still trying to understand the differences between them (vaccines), I have many doubts, since with the lack of records it is not clear which is the best to wear,” said a citizen.

“If it’s not mandatory, I won’t get it right away. I understand vaccinations are important. We know they played a crucial role in fighting disease in the past, but in this case, I think it’s wise to wait. I’m concerned about my immune system, “added another neighbor from Rome.

Fortunately for the Government, there are also those who are enthusiastic about the idea:

“Yes, I’ll put it on. I think the younger generations are safer and tend to be more rational compared to the elderly, who seem to be quite conservative. All my friends want to wear it,” sentenced a young Roman.

According to the same study, most Italians would rather have a national vaccine (created by their scientists) than a European or American one. According to the government plan, workers in the health sector and vulnerable groups will be the first to receive it.

In any case, experts ask for caution before throwing the bells to the flight. Scientist Maria Rosaria Capobianchi, head of one of the first teams of virologists in Europe to isolate the DNA sequence of the coronavirus, recalls that the vaccine alone may not be enough to defeat the pandemic:

“The vaccine is not the only product available. We also hope to be able to offer appropriate treatments. But the main tool is the behavior of each one of us. This has proven to be a very effective measure to contain the spread of the virus”, explains Maria Rosaria Capobianchi .

In the short term, the vaccine will not free people from continuing to wear masks or respecting social distancing rules. In fact, experts warn that it is still too early to say how long it will take to regain the old normality.