COVID-19 VACCINATION EFFORTS
ARE WE CLOSE TO WHAT MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS THINK WE NEED TO REACH HERD IMMUNITY?
To learn more about vaccine hesitancy and rollout statistics, I reached out to Beth Vianes, who works for the Victoria Public Health Department. While speaking with Ms. Vianes, she made it clear that, though the previous federal executive and current state executive administrations have made distribution difficult at times, they have not been the sole instigators for vaccine hesitancy.
Instead, health care workers have noticed that older people who are less tech savvy struggle to use online appointment portals; and those who do own devices and know how to use them report difficulties ranging from poor user interface to outright dysfunctional websites.
So the answer is no — the nation and the world are far from vaccinating enough of the population to reach herd immunity. It does not have to stay that way, though. Implementing stronger and easier to use online resources and making vaccination sites easier to access could be a game changer for vaccination efforts. To do that, though, health agencies need the support of their government officials.
Click play above this article to listen to my interview with Ms. Vianes now and find out more.