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Hesitancy for Vaccination in Meghalaya

  by NEWSNER , 2021-05-11 12:15:47

Hesitancy for Vaccination in Meghalaya

There is no dearth of conspiracy theories circulating on social media particularly on WhatsApp about people dying or having severe reactions after receiving the anti-Covid vaccination. Some claim that those that are vaccinated still get Covid and die, so what’s the purpose of subjecting the body to something which will alter the body’s DNA? Such theories aren't supported by science but by other beliefs induced by religion. Prof Jeffrey Almond of Oxford University says that injecting RNA into an individual doesn’t do anything to the DNA of a person's cell. It works by giving the body instructions to supply a protein that's present on the surface of the coronavirus. The system then learns to recognise and produce antibodies against the protein.


But anti-vaxxers mostly from the West are peddling misinformation and conspiracy theories aimed toward eroding trust within the COVID-19 vaccine and therefore the public health systems that are disseminating them. within the latest attempts to undermine the vaccination rollout, activists are amplifying the deaths of those who died of adulthood or underlying health conditions after receiving the shot. In other instances, vaccine-hesitant activists are manufacturing stories of deaths associated with the vaccine that never happened. These groups also are latching onto reports of real deaths following the shot, blaming the vaccine and disregarding medical information that other causes are responsible. doctors say it’s a case of emotion versus science. In certain cases, vaccine-hesitant groups are simply making up fake stories of deaths tied to the vaccine.


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While headlines and arguments make an emotional grab, Dr Panayiota Kendeou a professor within the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota cautions that individuals got to look deeper at the science and therefore the data. Kendeou may be a contributing author of ‘The COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Handbook,’ a practical guide created by a world group of scientists aimed toward improving vaccine communication and countering misinformation. consistent with the handbook, if 10 million people are vaccinated and therefore the vaccine had no side effects whatsoever, then over the subsequent two months it is often expected that 4,025 of these vaccinated will have an attack, 3,975 will have a stroke, 9,500 will have a replacement diagnosis of cancer, and 14,000 will, unfortunately, die.


Across India, people are queuing up for the vaccine but there aren’t enough to travel around especially for the 18-44 age bracket. Hence, it’s not India as an entire that’s having vaccine hesitancy but the northeastern states especially those that are influenced by anti-vaxxers from the West. The message to vaccinate must leave from the pulpits and society and community leaders. If this doesn't happen soon, Covid will overwhelm Meghalaya. Meanwhile, those within the 18-44 age bracket that can be vaccinated should be prioritised lest we've vaccine wastage.


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