There are a growing number of people who are hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine -- up to 50 percent of men in certain groups -- and a prominent health expert shares his advice for those who have a "wait and see" feeling about getting the shot.
Dr. Ashish Jha, the dean of Brown University School of Public health, tells CNN, he understands why some are hesitant or afraid to get the vaccine and he stresses these people should not be demonized and notes being fearful of something as new as the COVID vaccine is a natural reaction for many people.
To alleviate some of these fears, he shares, "With every other vaccine we have developed, in almost everyone one of them -- all of the side effects that are important show up with in the first few weeks, and certainly by the first 2 months."
He explains this 2-month window of severe vaccine-related complications showing up applies to a common fear regarding fertility and the vaccine.
"If there were going to be problems, including fertility problems and other types of immune problems, they would become apparent within 2 months of people getting vaccinated," he tells CNN.
"We're not seeing complications in any meaningful numbers, and that is extremely reassuring to me," Dr. Jha says.
According to the CDC, so far over 171 million doses of the COVID vaccines have been administered in America.
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