uncancelled’s Miranda Levy tackles the ‘anti-vax’ debate for today’s Telegraph…
I was in a taxi the other day, and conversation turned – as it invariably does – to the Covid pandemic. Muffled by a mask in the backseat, I mentioned how much better things would be when we had access to a vaccine. My driver eyed me in the mirror. “Vaccine?” He said to me. “I’m not having one of those. Nor are my kids.”
My heart sank. I asked my driver why not. “I don’t know,” he said. “It’s not safe.” I told him that clinical trials were currently being performed by the best minds on the planet. He was not impressed. “Maybe in a few years. But for now, none of my friends are having it, and nor am I.” Pleas about herd immunity, or perhaps even saving the lives of his elderly parents, fell on deaf ears.
Sadly, my driver is not unique in his views. According to a poll of 5,000 people last month by childcare.co.uk, almost half of all parents insisted they would not vaccinate their child if and when a vaccine became available. Eighty-six per cent of these “anti-vaxxers” said the vaccine would be unsafe with “nasty” side-effects: a fifth thought Covid-19 “doesn’t really exist.”
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