This past Sunday morning as part of an interview with CNN, Asa Hutchinson, the Republican Governor of Arkansas, issues a statement that said his state, which currently has one of the lowest rates of vaccination in the entire country, is currently at a pivotal “moment in our race against the COVID virus.”
As part of his interview with Jake Tapper, a host for CNN, Hutchinson stated that people can change their minds about vaccinations, and many residents just want information or have been putting off going to get the jab.
“We have school coming up, we have a lot of sports activities that people are expecting and anxious about, and it’s important for normalcy, and what’s holding us back is a low vaccination rate,” he stated.
He also issued blame on the misinformation and myths surrounding the vaccine for a small percent of the state’s hesitancy.
“The resistance has hardened in certain elements. It’s simply false information, it is myths,” stated Hutchinson to CNN on Sunday. “As I go into these town hall meetings, someone said, ‘Don’t call it a vaccine, call it a bioweapon.’ And they talk about mind-control. Well, those are obviously erroneous, other members of the community correct that.”
Of all of the COVID-19 vaccine myths, one of the most prominent and enduring is the idea that over 6,000 people have died as a direct result of the vaccines. This myth seems to be based on a misrepresentation or misunderstanding of the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System, or VAERS, which is a system controlled by the CDC and FDA as a detection system for bad vaccines.
Data from the VAERS will not attribute the causes of potential side effects to any such vaccines. Instead, the information simply seeks to inform that someone reported a possible side effect after they had already received their vaccine doses. The CDC and FDA call these possible side effects “adverse events,” which are just health problems “that happen after vaccination that may or may not be caused by a vaccine,” as stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The only reason for the VAERS is to be a system designed to help scientists look into and identify possible “cause and effect relationships” that should be further tested and examined by professionals. most notably, the VAERS system “generally cannot assess if vaccines caused an adverse reaction,” as stated by the CDC.
As reported by data from the CDC, the new Delta variant, first discovered loose in India, has been marked as the prominent contributor to the rising numbers of COVID-19 events throughout the United States. Arkansas currently has the highest 7-day average of newly discovered cases since back in earlier February with a 7-day average of hospitalizations looking similar. Additionally, the 7-day average noting deaths is currently at the same level it was back at the end of March.