Vaccines give us a ray of hope in the fight against coronavirus. However, because less than five per cent of the population is vaccinated, we are not out of the woods yet.
Despite the availability of vaccines, cases of vaccines hesitancy have been reported. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that hesitancy to vaccinate is one of the 10 greatest threats to glo bal health.
If this continues, herd immunity will be delayed, and resumption to normal life will not be achieved soon.But why is there vaccine hesitancy?
There are lots of myths and misconceptions on social media According to UNICEF, there are 12 common myths and misconceptions about Covid-19 vaccines. Surprisingly, this misinformation is so deep-rooted that people decide not to go for the jab.
The regular updates by the government and Ministry of Health on arrival of vaccines, how many people have been vaccinated and the vaccination centres are not enough to make one to decide to get vaccinated, although it is a step in the right direction.
The government should come up with communication strategies to ensure people go for vaccination. The willingness to get vaccinated might not be suficient enough to achieve herd immunity, but it is definitely a step forward.
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