Salt Lake City-When COVID-19 cases in Utah reached a plateau, demand for vaccination also slowed, prompting health experts to encourage those who postpone reconsideration of vaccination.
Dr. Eddie Stenehjem, an infectious disease doctor at Intermountain Healthcare, said in a recent Q&A that at this point, anyone who wants to get a vaccine and is willing to do anything has already done so.
Now, Stenehjem said, it is time to pay attention to those who are hesitant about the vaccine and help them adapt to the vaccine. Individuals who oppose all vaccinations may have made up their minds on the COVID-19 vaccine-Stenehjem said this is a minority of all people. Instead, those who support immunization but are skeptical of the COVID-1
“These are the people we really need to influence and persuade,” Steinichem said: “Hey, we do need to buy this vaccine for public health in Utah.”
So what is the best way to talk to family or friends who are still hesitant? First of all, compassion is the most important thing, Stenim said. He added that contacting individuals from a place of empathy and understanding will make people feel comfortable. Throwing facts at someone or getting angry at them will not help.
For example, someone might not see themselves as a high-risk person for COVID-19 and therefore will not make shooting a priority. In this case, it may be helpful to share a personal story that explains that although they may not be dangerous, they may unknowingly spread the virus to an infected person.
Stenehjem said it can also approach them by first knowing their source and explaining that vaccination is a community effort that requires their help. He added that the COVID-19 vaccine plays a vital role in ending the COVID-19 pandemic and returning everyone to a normal life.
“If we want to go back to where we were before March 2020, it will require all of us to work together to vaccinate. If we are at a point where 40-45% of our communities are vaccinated, it will result in 50-55% Susceptible,” he said. “We still have a high risk of seeing another electric shock and a surge in patients who have not yet been vaccinated.”
Tests and studies have shown that all approved vaccines used in the United States are safe, including Johnson & Johnson vaccine (Johnson & Johnson Vaccine), which cancelled the temporary drug withdrawal last week. A small number of people developed blood clots after being vaccinated, so the distribution of Johnson & Johnson vaccine was suspended. After health officials believed that the benefits of vaccination outweighed the risk of clotting, the United States resumed Johnson & Johnson vaccination last week.
For Stenehjem, the pause proves that the security monitoring system is running, as the problem has been investigated and resolved quickly.
In a recent survey conducted by Qualtrics, 42% of people said they were more likely to receive the vaccine if advised by a doctor. Another 34% said that recommendations from trusted family members would have the same effect. Finally, Stenehjem suggested that if people have questions about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, they should talk to their primary care doctor for more information.
In Salt Lake County, there are thousands of public vaccination appointments this week, and health officials are encouraging those who have not yet been vaccinated to do so now and not to postpone it any longer. Steinechem said that if people do not get vaccinated and the restrictions are lifted, the virus and its variants may surge again and cause more hospitalizations and deaths.
He warned: “I am worried that if we fail to gain “herd immunity” and we return to the way we do things, we will start to peak again.”
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