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#Covid19 weekly updates- Issue #5

Weekly newsletter of @momblogger
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Dear Friends, The latest Social Weather Stations survey finds that fear of side effects is the top reason for those who say they won’t get vaccinated yet. Only three out of 10 Filipinos said they would be willing to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Let’s take note of their fears and try to answer in the compassionate way possible. This issue is about tackling vaccine hesitancy

35% of Filipinos unsure of getting COVID-19 vaccine, higher than those willing at 32%
Understand the reason why your friends or loved one are hesitant to get the vaccine. In the SWS survey,here are some of the reasons aside from side effects.
  • worrying that they might die/reports of fatality at 11%
  • being afraid/distrust on the vaccine at 11%
  • having comorbidity/being too old at 11%
  • hearing negative feedback about the vaccines at 6%
  • worrying that they might get sick/get infected with COVID-19 at 3%
  • being healthy/being not sick at 2%
  • dislike of vaccine/no need of vaccine at 1% and
  • other reasons at 1%
The survey also showed that 1% of the respondents did not have an answer as to why they are hesitant to get a vaccine.
SWS: 35% of Filipinos unsure of getting COVID-19 vaccine, higher than those willing at 32%
Your Friend Doesn’t Want the Vaccine. What Do You Say?
Here is a vaccination chatbot based on the principles of motivational interviewing, a research-backed approach for encouraging people to get vaccinated that’s used by health care professionals to harness people’s innate drive for change.
COVID vaccine hesitancy: spell out the personal rather than collective benefits to persuade people – new research
Messages that focus on the personal rather than collective ramifications of COVID-19 will be more compelling.
What about the view that the vaccines have been developed too quickly? It’s an understandable fear: these vaccines have been produced with unparalleled speed. In response to this, one text in our study explained that the speed of development reflects the exceptional commitment, investment and cooperation of scientists, governments, public health organisations and pharmaceutical companies – as well as of the tens of thousands of members of the public who volunteered to test the vaccines.
COVID vaccine hesitancy: spell out the personal rather than collective benefits to persuade people -- new research
How to Talk to Someone About Vaccine Hesitancy
Knowing the source of someone’s fear can help you tailor your message and get them the information they need. But it’s important to remember to not be condescending about the person’s fear or concern. You may be fully vaccinated and well-informed, but that doesn’t mean everyone else has the same experience or even the same resources as you.
If the person mentions that they are concerned about the vaccine changing their DNA and you already know that’s not true (because it isn’t), tread carefully about how you respond. Your first instinct might be to roll your eyes, but that will likely make the person feel defensive.
How to Talk to Someone About Vaccine Hesitancy – Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic
How to speak to someone who's hesitant to get vaccinated
For many, Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy manifests simply as a fear of something new.
“It is a normal human reaction to be afraid. Fear is very real. It does not make you stupid. It’s normal,” Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez said. “They’re having a normal reaction and perhaps they haven’t been able to sit down with their physician.”
Look for a time to have a calm, rational conversation, where neither person is angry or likely to start a fight.
How to speak to someone who's hesitant to get vaccinated - CNN
What messaging is most likely to tackle vaccine hesitancy?
Dr. Schaffner said, “If you want to convince someone to get vaccinated, the most important thing — and this is something we should all have learned as children — is to treat the person with respect.
Many vaccine-hesitant individuals are concerned with issues of personal choice, according to Dr. Schaffner.
“The first thing to ask,” he suggested, “is how they feel about vaccines, and respond, ‘I have heard that from a lot of people.’ This immediately lowers their temperature.” From there, he said, you can ask them to explain — and you can then address — the specific things that they do not like about vaccines.
Vaccine hesitancy: What messaging is most likely to persuade?
How to Talk to Someone Who’s Hesitant to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine
“When I approach people who are hesitant about the vaccine, I think it’s first important to distinguish between those who are vaccine hesitant and those who are anti-vaxxers. Because those are two different things, in my opinion,” Dr. Gabriel Lockhart, a pulmonologist and critical care intensivist at National Jewish Health in Denver, explains
“Vaccine hesitancy means they’re open to hearing information and making an educated decision based on good quality information they receive. They may not be wanting to go blindfolded into taking the vaccine. But if they’re willing to hear that information, then they can make an educated decision from that point.” Get the url
Tips to have that talk on vaccine hesitancy
Vaccine hesitancy is often fuel for heated public debate, but conversations about vaccines don’t have to be contentious. In fact, being willing to have them is one of the most impactful ways we can influence global health. As with many emotionally-charged topics, knowing how to start the conversation can be the hardest part. These tips may help you open up a dialogue and get your loved ones thinking differently about being vaccinated.
How to talk to someone who is vaccine hesitant | Rotary International
Be careful of misinformation on social media
False claims about COVID-19 vaccines can undermine public trust in ongoing vaccination campaigns, thus posing a threat to global public health. Misinformation originating from various sources has been spreading online since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  
How to approach covid-19 vaccine hesitancy
Summary of strategies for interventions to increase vaccination uptake
  • Offer tailored communication from trusted sources such as community representatives, healthcare providers, and local authorities that is culturally relevant and accessible in multiple languages.
  • Improve access to vaccines. This may include flexible delivery models in the community, such as GP practices and outreach programmes with good transportation links.
  • . Community engagement. Work with community champions, youth ambassadors, faith leaders, and healthcare workers to raise knowledge and awareness on vaccinations; celebrate household members, friends, relatives, and role models being vaccinated; foster an approach of community immunity and helping others; and create locally developed action plans and a continuous, open, and transparent dialogue.
  • Training and education of those involved with engagement activities at a local level: use relevant educational materials (eg, eLearning modules) in presentations and communication skills training.
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