Here’s the Worrying COVID Vaccine Card the Government Is Planning To Issue

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The rollout challenges on COVID-19 vaccines aren’t just logistical. There’s also the matter of uptake.

While the vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna were both over 90 percent effective in trials, polls found Americans divided over whether they’d take the vaccines for themselves. A survey from Pew Research, conducted between Nov. 18 and Nov. 29, found that 60 percent of Americans would definitely or probably get the coronavirus vaccine compared with 39 percent who definitely or probably wouldn’t.

This is up from 51 percent who said they would definitely or probably get it in the same poll in September, but it’s not a ringing endorsement — particularly given the poll was conducted after the Pfizer and Moderna trials showed the vaccines were effective.

So, what’s the best way to shore up confidence in the vaccination process?

Not that. Pretty much the anti-that, in fact.

When the first images of the cards were rolled out by the Department of Defense on Wednesday, Dr. Kelly Moore, associate director of the Immunization Action Coalition, told CNN they were the “simplest” way to keep track of when one had received the shots.

“Everyone will be issued a written card that they can put in their wallet that will tell them what they had and when their next dose is due,” Moore said. “Let’s do the simple, easy thing first. Everyone’s going to get that.”

The card will be included in a vaccination kit with a needle, a syringe, alcohol wipes and a mask. full commentary

Remember when this was dismissed as “conspiracy theory?”@RhettOctober

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