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Cary residents polled: will they take COVID-19 vaccine?

Posted December 4, 2020 8:48 p.m. EST
Updated December 5, 2020 12:51 a.m. EST

— A new report from the Pew Research Center shows 60 percent of adults now say they would definitely or probably get vaccinated, increasing from 51 percent in September.

However, 62 percent also said they would not be comfortable being the first to get the vaccine.

At Cary Town Center, local residents were polled about how willing they would be to take the vaccine early.

Some said yes, while others were more hesitant.

Hubert McIver, 66, hopes he'll be first in line. His sister is a nurse, and he knows that she and others will get the vaccine first.

"We need a vaccine. There's too much death out there,” McIver said. "Don't say you're not gonna take it."

However, Ashley Walters, 30, was less sure about taking the vaccine. At the very least, she didn't want to take it early.

“I just feel like it needs more study, and I'm afraid of the side effects," Walters said.

Those in Fuquay-Varina were also mixed.

Beverly Griffin, 75, said that she absolutely wanted the vaccine.

"I'm of the age that's gonna be one of the first," Griffin said. "And I don't declare that to be proud. I'm happy to be protected."

Not everyone agrees.

Jennifer Bryant, 47, a mother of kids in school, said that she avoids flu shots and will also avoid the COVID-19 vaccine – trusting, instead, in her faith.

"The way I trust in My Father to take care of me, I don't necessarily need a vaccine created by people," Bryant said.

Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, reassured that the vaccine was safe.

"The vaccine authorization process is independent and transparent," Cohen said. "Corners were not cut. The vaccines were built upon years of work."

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