COVID VACCINES; A WAY OUT OR A WAY-WORSE?

COVID VACCINES; A WAY OUT OR A WAY-WORSE?

COVID VACCINES; A WAY OUT OR A WAY-WORSE?

Considering the high level of vaccine hesitancy, this weeks blog post focuses on the covid19 vaccines and determining whether the drug is effective or only worsening the health condition of the patients to whom this drug is being administered.

While reports carry that the vaccines are safe and working healing like a miracle others say a controversial testimony which is leading to high level of hesitancy in taking the vaccine. Among black Americans for example, the vaccine hesitancy is very high. According to Research and Development (RAND) corporation, evidence suggests that COVID-19 vaccines are extremely safe and effective. But Black Americans have high levels of hesitancy concerning immunization. For people who have long faced discrimination, medical mistrust is a rational “survival mechanism,” says RAND's Laura Bogart a Senior Behavioral Scientist; Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School.

For better insight on how to address this challenge, Bogart and her colleagues surveyed a nationally representative sample of 207 Black Americans.
Here's what they found:

  • More than one-third of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they would not get a COVID-19 vaccine. An additional 25 percent said they “don't know” if they would get vaccinated.
  • Health care workers showed higher vaccine hesitancy than those in other fields, with 48 percent indicating that they would not get vaccinated.
  • Key drivers of vaccine hesitancy appear to be mistrust of the government's motives and transparency around COVID-19, as well as beliefs about racism in health care.
  • Respondents reported higher trust in COVID-19 information that comes from health care providers and public health officials than from elected officials.

The researchers hammered on the fact that it is important to address people's specific concerns. For example, messaging about COVID-19 vaccines should first acknowledge systemic racism as a justifiable reason for mistrust, and then provide accurate information about the vaccines, including details about efficacy and safety. This way the level of hesitancy can reduce and people will have more courage to receive the vaccine.


Another reason for mistrust on the vaccine is negative reports around the world especially in Africa that the vaccine seems to cause fever. Claims have been made by people that after they were administered the vaccine, they had a high fever as a result. This is one of the major causes of the vaccine hesitancy.


If the appropriate bodies could come together and work on the insufficiences mentioned in this week’s blog post, we could be boasting of decreased hesitancy and increased participation in no time. Please like and share this blog post, so together we can reach the appropriate corporation and organizations with this information because we all have a hand in fighting this dreadful pandemic. Let’s
fight it together.

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