Study sheds light on COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in six Caribbean countries

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A new study on vaccine hesitancy in six Caribbean Community countries has found that those out of formal work and those who are educated to secondary level, fits the typical profile of the person refusing the vaccine to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The study commissioned by the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and funded by the United States Agency for International Development examines the extent of, and reasons for, vaccine hesitancy and whether the minds of vaccine hesitant persons can be changed.

The study, conducted by the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Research Services Incorporation, was conducted in Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.  These countries have indicated that between 40 and 46 per cent of their population have been vaccinated.

More than 5,000 people were surveyed and according to the study, 24 per cent of the unvaccinated respondents believe that the vaccines were developed too quickly and are uncertain about what is in them.

One in five said that taking the vaccine is a choice and they simply choose not to do so.

However, there is room for optimism. The study provides insight into what might change minds.  Many, as high as 51 per cent, cite the need for more medical and scientific information.

Over 40 per cent want to know more about side effects and efficacy, while 30 per cent want information on the impact of the vaccine on sexual health and their ability to have children.

In addition, 39 per cent said they might re-think their position if they required the COVID-19 vaccination to travel overseas, while 34 per cent may reconsider if it was necessary to get or to keep a job.

The study also highlighted respondents’ thoughts on vaccinating their children. Whereas 62 per cent across the six countries said they were vaccinated themselves, most were against vaccinating their children with only 24 per cent at pre-school, 31 per cent at primary level and 48 per cent at secondary level.

The need to tailor vaccine promotion interventions was highlighted. The study found that what works with one country and with one person doesn’t necessarily work with another and that finding ways to reach the typical vaccine hesitant individual — young and not working in the formal sector — with targeted interventions is seen as vital.

“This report will help feed into our behaviour change management programme. So, your profile of the unvaccinated in Trinidad and Tobago will certainly help us come up with a more focused policy intervention and communications strategy,” said Trinidad and Tobago’s Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh.

UNICEF’s Representative for the Eastern Caribbean Area, Dr Aloys Kamuragiye, pledged strengthened commitment.

“I urge you take this data seriously. I urge you to continuously invest in research…UNICEF stands ready to support you as you seek to develop evidence-informed interventions and I look forward to our continued collaboration in 2022 as we address vaccine hesitancy,” he added.

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  1. Absolute rubbish … I’ve been in senior management, then a teacher, and now running my own business. I’m proud to be UNVACCINATED.

    WHERE’S THE DATA TO BACK UP THIS UTTER TRIPE, BULL AND NONSENSE?

    Because fool fool parrot mek noise, dem say him one nyam banana. TAL!!!

    • … and there are many more like myself who are educated, well versed, and refuse to be vaccinated until the trials end, or either a vaccine comes out that ACTUALLY WORKS AND DOESN’T CONTINUE TO RE-INFECT!

      • @BRIXTONIAN
        I’m in agreement with you…
        It seems to me that if the ‘vaccines’ were truly safe & effective as is being claimed then there wouldn’t be any need to PROMOTE and PERSUADE people to take them. The mere fact that they are pressuring us so hard, shows that they have a different agenda then health and safety of the public. The people can see through their lies and the authorities don’t like or accept the people’s judgement.

  2. Newly released DARPA documents from a FOIA request shows suppression of curatives.

    “Ivermectin (identified as curative April 2020) works through all phases of illness because it both inhibits viral replication and modulates the immune response. Of note, Chloroquine Phosphate (Hydroxychloroquine identified April 2020 as curative) is identified in the proposal as a SARSr CoV inhibitor, as is interferon (identified May 2020 as curative).”

    Dr. FRAUDCI knew (years before Covid19) about Chloroquines effectiveness on SARS — as it was documented in an NIH paper back in 2005.
    ( A study done after the 2003 SARS outbreak).

    • @ ANGEL & @ Sugarapple, you guys are not only putting the other side of the Coronavirus narrative, but you are also – without a shadow of a doubt – THE BASTIONS OF SECOND LEVEL THINKING … proud to have you on board. RESPECT!

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  4. Ivermectin and Uttar Pradesh By Dr. Robert Malone

    If adjusted for mortality as a function of population, the US ranks 19th out of 234 nations (2,614 deaths/1 million).

    In contrast, India comes in at 130 out of 234 with 347 deaths/1 million.

    What public policies are responsible for this amazing difference in outcomes❓

    The curious case of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is often cited.

    Densely populated, relatively poor, and they have absolutely crushed the COVID-19 death curve.

    Widespread availability of a package distributed throughout the region, rumored to contain the repurposed drug Ivermectin, have often been credited for this amazing success.

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    Treatment
    •Paracetamol (Acetaminophen)
    •Multivitamin W/ Zinc
    •Vitamin D3
    •Ivermectin
    •Doxycycline (Antibiotic)

  5. Don’t insult us. I am university educated overseas, have worked at multiple financial institutions and have taught myself electronics and mechanics. A lot of persons only took it because their livelihood was threatened or because they were scared by all the lies. It has nothing to do with education. I am not smart so can someone please answer the following questions.
    – Why is it that all the conspiracy theories turn out to be true 6 months later? Remember when they said they were counting flu as COVID? Now the CDC is recommending against PCR test because it can’t tell the difference.
    – Why can “science” not find a link between exercise, sunshine, vitamins and healthy eating and COVID but cannot deny that they are good for every other disease?
    – How can the side-effects of Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine not be known when they have been around for decades and prescribed millions of times?
    – How can a “vaccine”, which was developed in a few months that doesn’t prevent anything but rather causes HEART DISEASE among other things be called safe and effective?
    – Why have so many medical professionals refused the “vaccine”? Have they been hanging around with the ignorant plumbers and masons?
    – When in history has something miserably failed to stop transmission of a virus and been qualified to be called a “vaccine”?
    – Why are the variants the reason we need the “vaccine” when the variants are the reasons it doesn’t work?
    – Why is the creator of the mrna vaccine technology advising against it so much so that they have to ban and censor him.
    – What part of my body is government property?
    – Why are there so many “vaccinated” people with COVID and so few with natural immunity that are getting reinfected?
    – Why did we have to only hear about the deaths and side effects through the grapevine?

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  6. Let’s get this straight. These things are NOT VACCINES! I’m not talking about the 2021 CDC redefinition of the word. Vaccines prevent transmission of disease. Products which reduce symptoms are called therapeutics. Compounds which when introduced to the body, damage healthy cells are called carcinogens, and science which is based on incorrect facts is called…lies!! So now that we have cleared that up…call me an antivaxxer one more time…

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