Many in Europe still hesitant to get vaccinated

In Poland, where distrust in public institutions runs deep, less than 40 percent of people are planning to get vaccinated. Only half the medical staff in a Warsaw hospital where the country’s first shot was administered had signed up.

A father of two stated, “I don’t think there’s a vaccine in history that has been tested so quickly…I am not going to test an unverified vaccine on my children, or on myself.”

In Spain, German, a 28-year-old singer and music composer also planned to wait.

He shared, “No one close to me has had (COVID-19). I’m obviously not saying it doesn’t exist because lots of people have died of it, but for now I wouldn’t have (the vaccine).”

The vaccine started arriving in super-cold containers at EU hospitals last week from a factory in Belgium. Each country was only getting a fraction of the doses needed – fewer than 10,000 in the first batches for some countries – with the bigger rollout expected in January when more vaccines become available.

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