Bozeman residents weigh in on receiving COVID-19 vaccine

Posted at 9:41 AM, Dec 03, 2020

BOZEMAN — It seems like recently, we’ve been hearing a lot about a potential vaccine for COVID-19, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions.

“We are inching closer to when a widely distributed vaccine will be available. We could see the beginning of initial early stage distribution of vaccines in mid-December.

The first shipments of the vaccine could arrive as soon as December 15 or December 16,” Gov. Steve Bullock said during a press conference on Wednesday.

A vaccine in a matter of weeks; but is that for certain people or the general population?

“The committee voted yesterday to recommend that initial vaccine doses when approved should be offered to healthcare personnel and residence of long care facilities,” he explained.

So MTN went to the streets to ask Bozeman residents one question: When a COVID-19 vaccine is available, would you consider taking it?

And the answers fell on both sides of the spectrum.

“I would inject myself," said David Hargrove.

"Yes I would, absolutely,” said Raquel Hargrove.

“No I would not. I think they pushed and rushed everything. I’d rather make sure they got it right before I subject my body to that kind of stuff. I want to make sure they’ve got it right,” said Jeanne Arnold.

“Absolutely, yeah. I mean, it is like testing and everything so it’ll be a little worrisome. But I just want this to be over so bad,” said Nicole Hopkins.

“No. I don’t want to be one of the first people to take the vaccine. I want to see some trial and error on that first,” said Victoria Wood.

Bozeman Health is working with Pfizer on a potential vaccine, and hopefully I’ll be able to meet with them next week to have some more answers for you.