We must convince vaccine skeptics to get vaccinated ASAP – Dateway

The director of the National Institute of Health, Francis Collins, is sounding the alarm on the high number of people who are still hesitant to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

In a long interview on Saturday with The hillCollins first explained that blacks, Christians, and Republicans are the major groups most skeptical of receiving the vaccine for a number of reasons.

Collins said black people “have their reasons for somewhat doubting” the vaccine because of the infamous Tuskegee experiment, that Christians have the “fetal tissue problem” with vaccines, and half of all Republican men think it is. ‘There is a political “agenda” linked to the vaccine.

“Either way, what I’ve learned is that if someone says they’re hesitant, the first thing I want to know is ‘tell me’,” Collins said. “’Tell me what troubled you. Are these the conspiracy theories that you hear? And there are a lot of them on social media. Are you that the security issues have not been fully resolved? Is there another factor in this? And there is no better answer, I think, until you listen to what is the basis of the reluctance and this person.

Collins went on to say that skepticism of these groups, especially Republicans, needed to be addressed in the coming months, as vaccines became widely available.

“Because we are approaching the point where we will have a sufficient supply of vaccines so that everyone in the United States has a chance to be vaccinated by the end of May,” he said. “So hesitation will start to become the determining factor and whether or not we achieve collective immunity. It doesn’t give us a lot of time. There are only a little over two months left to try to listen and then respond. “

Collins, a medical geneticist first chosen as head of the NIH in 2009 by Obama, said the best way to get people to take the vaccine is to bring in respected members of the community, like pastors and doctors, to promote the vaccine more, not politicians. or celebrities.

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“So that means the doctors in the community,” explained Collins. “It’s interesting to see something like 95% of doctors get vaccinated, it tells you that they think it’s a good thing and the more they can be explicit about it, the more useful it will be to get across.” the message. it is really safe and effective. “

“We just need to get the word out in front of people coming from voices that don’t seem to have a ,” he continued. “And the , in the minds of many and in our current fractured situation, will appear to have a of interest. Industry too. It is therefore better to have the voices coming from other sources. “

Collins said another tactic is to make people feel guilty and take the vaccine for the sake of the health of their friends and family.

“And then another thing that I think we need to be clear about is the vaccination, while it’s a great benefit for the person, it’s also a benefit for the rest of the community,” Collins said. “By refusing the vaccination you are not only refusing something for yourself, you are potentially putting other people around you at risk by being this asymptomatic -spreader who could cause a lot of harm.”

Collins admitted he used to think vaccine skeptics were ‘dumb’, but then said he realized people had their ‘affordable’ reasons and he could still be convinced.

“I must say, at the start, I found this [skepticism] a little hard to figure out and probably that answer was manifesting itself, that kind of disbelief, which can translate as “what are you stupid?” And it was not helpful. I’ve really evolved to recognize that there are many reasons that serious thoughtful people may have reservations, but they are addressable, ”he said.

Notably, Collins was the individual who lifted the moratorium on coronavirus gain-of-function research in 2017 because he said it was “ important in helping us identify, understand and develop strategies and effective countermeasures against rapidly evolving pathogens that pose a threat to public health. “

It comes as companies like Krispy Kreme and strip clubs try to get people to take the COVID vaccine, while polls continue to show that 30% of all Americans do not intend to. receive the vaccine.

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