Public education committee appointed to combat vaccine hesitancy

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Dr Rhonda Sealey Thomas receives COVID AZ vaccine (February 17)

Cabinet Notes: Vaccine hesitancy has become an issue globally because of the adverse claims which have been made by many publicly, especially on social media.

 

The impact on the psyche of many people has led to the establishment of a Public Education Sub-Committee in Antigua and Barbuda, charged with informing, educating and encouraging the citizenship to accept the AstraZeneca vaccine.

 

The CMO pointed out that until 80% of the population has achieved vaccination, “herd immunity” will not be attained. That status (herd immunity) is necessary to cause infections from Covid to be no more deadly than the flu, it was remarked; hospitalizations, all manner of maladies, sickness and death will then be brought under control.

 

The Sub-Committee will recruit many of the most influential voices in the state to provide education and public announcements that will attempt to sway the majority away from the anti-vaccers’ negative messages. Further, a Covid Vaccine Passport will surely be required to travel to all destinations as the crisis wanes, and as countries seek to protect their domestic populations from visitors, which will serve as an incentive to vaccinate.

 

The Sub-Committee reported that 60 to 100 nurses, doctors, orderlies, staff at MSJMC would be vaccinated today. (It was later confirmed that 64 medical personnel were vaccinated today).

 

The Cabinet members will be vaccinated on Thursday, February 18, 2021, following the funeral of Nurse Byers.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Glad this education is going to happen.
    WHO approved vaccines please, it’ll be near impossible to convince pro-vax people to take an A&B approved vaccine that is not on WHO list, let alone people with hesitancy.

    BTW – covid has been with us 11-months, curious to the lack of strategic planning & preparation for education, electronic self-registrations & database, personnel sourcing & retraining that could have started last summer/fall & ready to roll when needed but is NOW being hustled together. Not sure any leader in business would be knighted for such reactive leadership of logically known & anticipated requirements.

  2. The anti-vaxxers are made up of a tiny group of trouble makers, usually the same crowd. They are anti-everything. Most are very uneducated and traffic in mis-information. Yes, some are educated in a certain way and even have degrees, but they seem to be “educated” beyond their mental capacity.

  3. To spread more propaganda by the dictator and traitor Gaston and his regime.

    We want Moderna.

    Where are Nigel Christian’s murderers? Why haven’t they been caught? No one seems to be doing anything about finding his murderers now. This stinks of high ranking officials involved.

    Where are Nigel Christian’s murderers? Why haven’t they been caught? No one seems to be doing anything about finding his murderers now. This stinks of high ranking officials involved.

    Where are Nigel Christian’s murderers? Why haven’t they been caught? No one seems to be doing anything about finding his murderers now. This stinks of high ranking officials involved.

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