Survey Cites Lack Of Trust Among Reasons For Saint Lucia Vaccine Hesitancy

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A survey in six Caribbean countries, including Saint Lucia, has found that individual choice and a lack of trust are the main factors fuelling COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in this country.

UNICEF and USAID commissioned Caribbean Development Research Services Inc (CADRES) to conduct the survey in Saint Lucia, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago in October and November 2021.

It explored the extent of, and reasons for, COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and whether anything can change the minds of those reluctant to take the vaccines.

The Saint Lucia portion of the survey involved face-to-face interaction with 800 participants, evenly spread across males and females and three age ranges.

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According to the document, 54% said they were parents. The majority were employed, had a secondary-level education and 11% reported being unemployed because of COVID-19.

The respondents cited distrust due to the speed of vaccine development and uncertainty over long-term effects as reasons for early hesitancy.

But doing more research and speaking to a doctor emerged as the main factors that changed their minds.

When asked if their views on taking a vaccine changed over time, 62% of the unvaccinated said no, though 21% said they were now more inclined to get vaccinated.

But seventeen percent said they were less inclined to do so.

In addition, the survey disclosed that respondents relied mainly on social media and personal internet searches to inform their decision to remain unvaccinated.

The authors of the document recommended that communication strategies speak to critical concerns, target the demographic profile of the unvaccinated and hone the use of non-governmental personalities and influencers.

The survey also said vaccination tracking was necessary to determine if strategies worked.

So far, Saint Lucia has only achieved 27.7 full vaccine coverage among its population despite passionate appeals from Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre and other officials amid a fifth COVID-19 wave that has inundated the Island with an unprecedented sharp rise in cases of the virus.

 

 

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9 COMMENTS

  1. That what you call a strong leader , the governments of the world are clueless cowards . who believe that taking over your rights bit by bit is the ultimate control that they need.

    Sooner or later both the Vax and the Un-vaxed will asking for those rights back but it will all be long gone never to be returned.

    This daily reporting of garbage has given The politically ignorant the opportunity to continue emptying out their empty selves on a daily basis.(bravo ) .

  2. Help is here, the Angels are ready at my command. All those who think they rule and oppress the poor Will be made desolate, they will answer to the King and his Holy spirit. My wrath is kindled and judgment is set in all the earth.
    A man of few words, when he speaks, heaven trembles. Bring your best and come, all of you, come, all those who hates the Lord in the land of the living and elsewhere.
    Come, bring your fireworks against me!

  3. I was senseless and ignorant ;
    I was a brule beast before you.
    Yet I am always with you ;
    you guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will take me into
    glory.
    Who have I in heaven but you ?
    and earth has nothing I desire besides
    you.
    Do not let the opressed retreat in
    disgraced ;
    Rise up,O God,and defend your cause ;
    remember how hunts of oppressers fill
    the land.
    We give thanks to you,O God,
    we give thanks, for your Name is near ;
    men tell of your Wonderful deeds.
    You say, “I choose the appointed time ;
    it is I who judge uprightly.
    When the earth and all its people quake,
    it is I who hold its pillars firm.
    To the arrogant I say, ‘Boast no more,’
    and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your
    horns.
    Do not lift your horns against heaven ;
    do not speak with outstreached neck.’ ”

  4. @Emily Baptiste vaccine or no vaccine your life is not in your hands (the when, the how, the where)…go figure. Unless you are the one who rules the world with all power and authority ???????

  5. @Emily Baptiste, I have taken the vaccine and in the next 5 years, we will definitely have a conversation and I hope you don’t move the goal post as so many have done when the reality does not match their arguments.

  6. You won’t be fine for long. The vaccine is a killing machine. Life expectancy after taking that shot is up to 5 years. CMO and some doctors won’t disclose because they are all being paid.
    I would like to live past 5 years providing that I don’t die via automobile accident or murder or starvation because the measures they will soon put in place to force the unwilling population to take that bioweapon, I might just starve to death.

  7. I can never trust a survey when the sample size was not disclosed. A survey with a small number of respondents can easily be skewed.

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