Vaccine Hesitancy




Nearly 100 million people in the U.S. have now received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination, and almost 140 million have received at least two doses, as of late April 2021. The numbers are encouraging and move us closer to beating this pandemic, but recent polls indicate that 1 in 5 Americans is unwilling to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The unwillingness of many Americans to receive the vaccine is causing researchers to believe the nation will not be able to reach herd immunity due to this hesitancy.


In order to end the COVID-19 pandemic faster, vaccine access must be increased globally. Vaccination pushes will only be successful if people get vaccinated. It has been demonstrated through vaccine rollouts in high income countries that vaccine hesitancy is a significant barrier for vaccine uptake, and there has been growing evidence that similar attitudes are prevalent in developing countries.



Healthcare Professionals' Vaccine Hesitancy to the COVID Vaccine:

It was surprising to learn that first-in-line health care workers resisted vaccination. The number of vaccinated LTC staff in Toronto's city-owned facilities has fluctuated between 43% and 91%, up from 9% in the community as a whole. 76% of France's 2000 LTC staff did not participate in the poll conducted in December intended to get vaccinated. 2300 health care professionals were interviewed in a German study that Half of nurses and a quarter of physicians refused COVID vaccines. Due to their professional training, health care workers are likely to be more scientifically literate than the average person.




There is a perception of dissonance implied by the "surprise.". The Deputy Minister of Health of Italy responded to the refusal of the COVID vaccine by Italian health care professionals as follows:

“When I hear colleagues disagreeing with getting the vaccine, I am perplexed. As far as the public is concerned, I can understand it, but if those doctors and nurses are still in doubt after seeing everything that has happened, I think they likely are not in the right profession.”


Leaders in health care should ensure health professionals have the same opportunities to get information, ask questions, and express concerns as the general population. Numerous health care organizations have developed "vaccine ambassador" programs. It is essential that these conversations are conducted with patience and kindness, beginning with the assumption that you are entitled to ask questions about the new vaccines. Vaccinating health care workers can be made equitable and responsive from here.




How to talk to someone about COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy?

In the absence of complete vaccination of the United States, you have probably wondered, "How should I talk to hesitant friends or family members about getting vaccinated?" Stanford Medicine's health educators have written guidelines that will help guide those awkward conversations.


As part of this study, the team aimed to understand why some people are reluctant to adopt COVID-19 prevention measures such as wearing a mask, social distancing, or being vaccinated, as well as what they could do to facilitate better communication.


As of now, traditional messages - such as protecting yourself or others or telling kids to go back to school - aren't successful in convincing hesitant people to accept vaccines. People respond better to personal, empathetic conversation than statistics and facts.





SIDE EFFECTS: WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?

The side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are the number one concern. Remember that side effects are a normal part of your body's protective mechanism. Depending on the person, they may or may not occur. However, just because you don't, doesn't mean your body is not building immunity. The same situation will result in different reactions from different people.





Among the most common side effects are:


Having muscle pains

Feels chilli

Anemia

Migraine

nauseous

Tiredness

Soreness in the injected arm

Swelling or redness at the injection site


Usually, these side effects go away after 24 - 48 hours. Call your doctor if they last longer.

The following tips can help you manage these side effects:


After vaccination, exercise or use your arm.

Use a washcloth or ice pack to cool the injection site.

Avoid fever, nausea, and chills before and after a vaccine by drinking plenty of fluids. As well as electrolyte water, it is beneficial.

It is okay to take Tylenol or Motrin if you need to control symptoms after vaccination. Our goal is to make sure you receive the best possible immune response to the vaccine.


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