Winning Over the Reluctant

A medical worker gives a vaccine to a vaccinator at the CDC Epidemic Prevention and Control Department in Bijie, Guizhou province, China, Feb. 8, 2021. Image: Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty
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A medical worker gives a vaccine to a vaccinator at the CDC Epidemic Prevention and Control Department in Bijie, Guizhou province, China, Feb. 8, 2021. Image: Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty

If you can’t convince public health workers to get vaccinated, you’ve got a problem.
 
Less than 74% of public health workers in Beijing said they would get the vaccine compared to 90% of their peers outside the capital, according to a Chinese CDC survey, The South China Morning Post reports

The surveyors concluded that “the higher the education level of staff, the less willing they were to get the jab.” Researchers also speculated that they perceived less risk given Beijing’s strict pandemic controls.

The results of the survey of 3,000+ professionals, conducted last May and June, were published this week in the Chinese Journal of Vaccines and Immunisation.

Hesitancy in Ghana: While health officials cheered the country’s first shipment of COVAX vaccines this week, some fear that public mistrust of vaccines could impede the rollout, NPR Goats and Soda reports. Rumors and misconceptions include:  

  • Ghanaians are being used as guinea pigs

  • The vaccines are designed to “wipe out” Ghanaians

  • Doubts over why the vaccine brand Ghana received, AstraZeneca, hasn’t been approved by the US FDA


Overturning the rumors and misconceptions “will be an uphill battle,” says Elliot Koranteng Tannor of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.

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