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Surgeon General: Vaccines Won't Matter If People Refuse Them

(ABC News/"Good Morning America")

By    |   Monday, 07 December 2020 10:10 AM

The COVID-19 vaccines coming out later this month are a way to ultimately end the coronavirus pandemic, but they won't matter if people won't get the shots, Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned Monday. 

"The most important thing for me personally is making sure people understand that these vaccines were developed safely, that they are over 90% effective," Adams said on ABC News' "Good Morning America." 

He said that only about 50% of people get their flu shots, and that number drops to about 40% for African Americans. He's working to push the numbers up through outreach to the leaders of historically Black colleges and universities, the "Divine Nine," or the leaders of the African American fraternities and sororities, and leaders in the Hispanic community. 

"We want everyone to get this vaccine when it's available, which is why we're having a vaccine summit at the White House tomorrow," said Adams. "We'll be talking about vaccine confidence."

He added that while Americans are waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine they should also get their flu shots, as 500,000 people were hospitalized last year for influenza. 

"We can't afford for that to happen this year, with hospitals being overwhelmed," said Adams. 

Meanwhile, Adams said he's really concerned that there are still people who don't understand how much COVID-19 is being spread by people who are asymptomatic. 

"Cases are going up, hospitalizations are going up," said Adams. "My colleagues are dog tired and we need to you hang on just a little bit longer because we've gotten vaccines coming. We want as many people to be alive to get them as possible and a lot of that will depend on your behavior."

The current virus surge is different from those earlier this year because this time around, it's more about healthcare capacity being overwhelmed. 

"We know that we can actually help them with their healthcare capacity by immunizing their healthcare staff," said Adams. "We will leave it up to the states and some will have to immunize healthcare workers first and others will do older folks but 20 million doses or full doses will be available by the end of the year."

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The COVID-19 vaccines coming out later this month are a way to ultimately end the coronavirus pandemic, but they won't matter if people won't get the shots, Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned Monday. "The most important thing for me personally is making sure people...
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