In Germany, there is a growing debate over whether those who are vaccinated first should be given special privileges, like being allowed to eat in restaurants or go to the cinema. There is growing tension around the issue.
Polls show that only 60 to 70 percent of Germans want to be vaccinated, although health minister Jens Spahn has announced that private businesses might be able to ban unvaccinated customers.
Vaccine reluctance has been seen in countries across Europe, despite the side effects generally being mild, namely tenderness and swelling or redness at the injection site, headache, muscle ache, tiredness, and fever.
Two weeks ago the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidelines advising people in the U.S. who are severely allergic to the ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccines to avoid inoculation.
The New York Times reported 11 severe allergic reactions out of the first 2.1 million people vaccinated in the U.S.