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Vaccine Hesitancy

  • IASbaba
  • February 18, 2021
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SOCIETY/ GOVERNANCE

Topic:

  • GS- 1: Society
  • GS-2: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

Vaccine Hesitancy

  • Vaccine hesitancy is defined as a reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccine services.

What factors has led to Vaccine Hesitancy?

The debates around hesitancy for COVID-19 vaccines include 

  • concerns over safety, efficacy, and side effects due to the record-breaking timelines of the vaccines
  • competition among several companies, misinformation
  • Religious taboos
  • A storm of misinformation around COVID-19 vaccines 
  • Susceptible of people to misinformation due to existing biases, information overload and limited attention spans.

Way Ahead

  • The target audience must be the swing population i.e., people who are skeptical but can be persuaded through scientific facts and proper communication.
  • Use the celebrity effect — the ability of prominent personalities to influence others to take vaccines.
  • Celebrities can serve as agents of positive social change, erasing scepticism associated with vaccine adoption and prompting information-seeking and preventative behaviours
  • Fact-check any news related to COVID-19 vaccines.
  • The infodemic around vaccines can be tackled only by actively debunking myths, misinformation and fake news on COVID-19 vaccines.

Connecting the dots:

  • Sociological analysis of rumours: Click here

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