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.