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‘Avoid shaming’ over vaccine fears


‘Avoid shaming’ over vaccine fears
Dr Michelle Reece. (GP)

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People should not be shamed into taking vaccines in spite of the benefits such action may have in controlling a particular disease.

This was the position of assistant professor in the department of health at Western Kentucky University, Dr Michelle Reece, who was a panellist on a webinar sponsored by the Sagicor Cave Hill of Business and Management entitled Debunking The Myth Of The COVID-19 Vaccine on Monday night.

“There are those persons who have trust that the vaccines will work, that they are both efficacious and effective . . . . There is also vaccine confidence: people who are in the environment where we are trying to get the vaccines rolled out have accepted it and have questions answered,” Reece said.

She said there was a need for clear, credible and timely information to offset any hesitancy coming from the public noting “opacity and blurriness” could cause some to be doubtful or mistrust the information they are receiving. (JS)

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Dr Michelle Reece (Internet image)