Two years with COVID-19: a tale of carrots, sticks and megaphones - Shared screen with speaker view
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Vaccine hesitancy is a very broad and vague concept. Perhaps it is worth considering the variation reasons for ‘delay’ or ‘refusal’ to vaccinate. For instance fear of side-effects can be differently understood in a country with very low levels of infection as the risk of side-effects may be of the same order as the risk of infection. Similarly, trust in the state, age, gender, SES and political affiliation are all relevant. Does this help us to differently think about the relevance of ‘carrots and sticks’ associated with vaccination
Quite right. There are quite different reasons. I just this morning booked my first shot. I was a holdout because I did not want AZ and would have preferred BionTech. But it is not happening. So there you go. Then there are those where the pressure is not that high. I am an example of that too. We do not have Delta in Perth and while I am aware that can change any minute, the pressure is not the same. And we have seen people rush to vaccinations when the house burns. But then there are those who for political and ideological reasons say no to vaccinations. I think this group presents the main challenge. Plus those, for different reasons entirely, who cannot be vaccinated.
does vaccinate work when facing the rapid changes and variation of the covin?
Thus far the variation in the virus has had little consequence on the effectiveness of the vaccines.
Absolutely on the government to get the messaging right. Clear consistentsingle source messaging. Any competitive messaging from different state/fed govt / new research/ creates division and distrust of others. Leaves people insecure in their decision. Took outbreak to change this for NSW
The Federal Gov and State have been too slow. This is the legacy of 40 years of neoliberalism and being needlessly obsessed with trying to achieve budget surpluses. Hopefully the electorate are wising up and seeing the damage this has done to health and education policies. The Covid crisis has really highlighted this stupidity.
It is a bit like the mask issue. Many people still think mask-wearing is for self-protection
Mandates are not a comfortable topic and there should be choice-Last year when Nurses had no vaccines we still took care of COVID patients and were heoes ,now the govt wants us to take the vaccine or loose our jobs-How is that fair for those who do not want a vaccine?
The argument re proportional threat and mandating vaccination is complicated by common good vs individual good. In a pandemic governments are caught between the two
Anca del Rio
I completely agree with you, Jonathan. Marie, you are making a very good point in my opinion. Without an embedded population safety plan, holistically and equally approaching policy, businesses/industry and the communities, we will fail to protect human rights “in the game” and mostly the vulnerable; We must be careful because healthcare is becoming a very profitable business. Governments must be proactive and inclusive. A good example are the entrepreneurs in health innovation and the way they started already to become agents of change and work - here and there, with governments and policy makers.
such a very interesting conversation. Thanks very much panel :)
Marion Cros, WB
Very interesting conversation ! Thanks !