So-called ‘vaccine fatigue’ in the wake of COVID-19 lockdown policies is being blamed as the source of the dropping rate of vaccination against respiratory diseases in the United States, Europe, and other parts of the world.
“Too many people are in need of serious medical care for flu, for COVID, when we can prevent it,” Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization’s interim director of epidemic and pandemic preparedness, told Reuters.
In the U.S., rates of acceptance of the updated COVID-19 vaccine are slightly under over 17% of adults, with 15% more intending to get the treatment.
The lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the U.S. are among children, with less than 8% of children over 6 months being vaccinated.
Influenza vaccines in the U.S. fare better, with nearly 47% of adults and