They Don’t Want To Take The COVID-19 Vaccine, Yet They Are Willing To Listen
COVID-19 is a vial disease that can lead to a severe respiratory distress, a major challenge to survival. As of 11 November 2021, 79.5% of all people in Quebec have received at least one vaccine dose, while 76.2% are fully vaccinated (Ministry of Health and Social Services, 2021). The questions that are brought forward are why would about 20% of the eligible Quebec population decide not to take the vaccine, those who would negatively impact the recovery speed and transition to normal life? Why are some people still hesitant about taking the booster? What should the Ministry of Health do to gain people’s confidence in the vaccine? In this small-scale study, the researcher conducted interviews with 13 people that decided not to take the vaccine in order to determine the reasons for their risking their lives. Results indicated that participants were misinformed (the impact of their communities and social media), or thought that healthy diet protects them from the infection, or had their own unrevealed reasons. Knowing most of the reasons, it is important that the Ministry of Health be more transparent, informative, as well as allow for people’s input, to be able to address the issue suitably.
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Funding Amount: $10,000
Funding Agency: The Public Health Agency of Canada
Prof. Nahida El Assi (team lead), Dr. Mohamad Arnaout & Dr. Sahar Hijazi
Knowledge is a blessing! Lacking it is at times harmful. Having little knowledge or false information is disastrous when it relates to pandemics that put people’s lives at stake. In the case of COVID19, the life threatening pandemic, it is essential that people know what it is, how it impacts their health, what to do to limit its impact, and most importantly, understand the importance of taking the vaccine on the personal and national levels and overcome the barriers to vaccination.
No one chose to see COVID19 spreading worldwide and causing 4,753,708 deaths in addition to 232,036,702 cases confirmed. However, it is now OUR choice to listen to trustworthy doctors, nurses, professionals, leaders, etc. who decided to take the vaccine and can provide accurate information about the importance of taking it. It is OUR choice to take the vaccine for a chance to live a healthy, safe and comfortable life and be there with our loved ones in the family and in society.
Because we care, we are here to help research-based information from professionals (healthcare workers, faith leaders, business people, artists, or elders from Canada and Lebanon) go viral. We want people to know that taking the vaccine is the right decision. Doing so will speed up the process of societal recovery from COVID19 so life would sooner than later go back to normal. The vaccine is available for everyone and we want everyone to take it irrespective of his/her gender, orientation, language, geographic area, culture or income. We are ready to provide proper guidance for those that do not know what to do to get it.