Health officials prepare for more vaccine hesitancy after Johnson & Johnson pause
ORLANDO, Fla. - Vaccine avoidance was already a concern for health experts. Now, with news of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine being investigated for possibly causing blood clots, there is the worry that even more people will be hesitant to get vaccinated.
"Hesitancy, when there’s something like this you know -- rare clotting disorder -- that’s substantiated. That’s warranted. They deserve the right to know that the vaccines that they’re putting in their arms are safe and effective," said University of South Florida epidemiology associate professor Dr. Jason Salemi.
But Dr. Salemi says that’s why the vaccine is on pause. He says this news shouldn’t make people more hesitant about getting vaccinated but should actually make them more willing to trust that the government and scientists are doing everything they can to get this right.
"There’s never zero-risk associated with anything. But if you balance everything out, you look at the benefits versus risks, I still think it’s largely in favor of getting vaccinated."
This comes as Orange County partners with the Florida Department of Health, City of Orlando, Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and several other groups to announce a countywide vaccine hesitancy campaign.
"This will be a public-private partnership to get our residents vaccinated," said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.
Orange County will reveal more details on its campaign Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.