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June 26th, 2021

How can psychologists help with needle phobia, vaccination hesitation?

By Catherine Robertson Souter

With a growing number of Americans being vaccinated, there has been renewed hope that life will soon return to pre-pandemic normal. Guidelines around mask wearing have been relaxed, public spaces are being further opened, and the travel industry is seeing renewed interest.

With all of this excitement, it can be easy to overlook the fact that, as of this writing, only 40 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated, and around 50 percent have had one vaccine.

With up to 25 percent refusing and 5 percent hesitating to be vaccinated, according to an NPR/Marist poll, the question is whether we will ever reach that range of 80 to 85 percent to reach ‘herd immunity.’…