Vaccines are not yet a silver bullet: The imperative of continued communication about the importance of COVID-19 safety measures

Zhaohui Su*, Jun Wen, Dean McDonnell, Edmund Goh*, Xiaoshan Li, Sabina Šegalo, Junaid Ahmad, Ali Cheshmehzangi, Yu-Tao Xiang

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Abstract

COVID-19 vaccines are by no means a silver bullet. With more COVID-19 vaccines expecting approval in the coming months, it is necessary to note that vaccine availability does not equate to vaccine accessibility, nor vaccine efficacy. Some research suggests that approximately 9 out of 10 individuals living in lower-income countries will not have access to COVID-19 vaccines until 2023 or later. For higher-income countries, such as the United States, the prevalence of vaccine hesitancy may further compound the situation. These insights combined, in turn, emphasize the fact that even though COVID-19 vaccines are becoming more available, safety measures (e.g., face masks, personal hygiene, and social distancing) are still of pivotal importance in protecting personal and public health against COVID-19. Furthermore, this paper argues for the continued imperative for health experts and government officials to communicate and emphasize the importance of COVID-19 safety measures with the public, to make sure people are protected against COVID-19 till the pandemic ceases to pose a threat to personal or public health.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100204
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalBrain, Behavior, and Immunity - Health
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes

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