Experts and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hope that’s the case.
“I definitely think that public health swag has some weight,” infectious disease epidemiologist Jessica Malaty Rivera told CNN. “The flu vaccine band aid has become iconic. Something similar like that for Covid-19, like a button or a sticker, would be something that I would personally wear proudly and encourage others to as well.”
“There’s definitely psychology to it,” Malaty Rivera said. “The ‘I got the flu shot’ sticker for health care providers definitely gives patients and people coming hospital settings some confidence that they are entering places that are safe and protected.”
“I feel hopeful today, relieved. I hope this marks the beginning of the end of a very painful time,” she said in a press conference.
The vaccine represents “hope, healing, a restoration of public health and safety” and is a “step in the right direction,” said Lindsay, an intensive care unit nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
Wearing a sticker may even give people a sense that hope that we’re heading in the right direction, Malaty Rivera said.
“If people are just walking around with their masks, it’s normal for 2020,” she said. “If you start seeing a growing trend of people wearing stickers, that could start giving you some excitement that things are happening, people are getting protected and we might be getting closer and closer to the end of this.”
“Manufacturing, distribution, and administration still pose challenges, but the biggest threat remaining may be people’s willingness to get vaccinated,” she said.
Some people are wondering if the vaccine is safe because it came out much quicker than the typical vaccine, which takes years to create.
“I don’t think that the…