Reminders to stay cautious aren’t the biggest reasons for COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

Reminders to stay cautious aren’t the biggest reasons for COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy


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Esther Cohen is 91, vaccinated against COVID-19, and wants to play mahjong with her friends — who are also vaccinated. She asked Anthony Fauci if they could get back to their games after he spoke at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting this month.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said she should wait a bit longer and urged her to be patient. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was working on guidelines for people who’d been vaccinated because lots of people were asking the same question, he said — why get vaccinated if you can’t get back to normal?

Epidemiologists say the 44 million people in the United States with at least one dose of the…

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