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Hopes pinned on COVID-19 Vaccine: The end of the pandemic?

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After plenty of pandemic related bad news, 2020 ended on a positive note: the world has a vaccine! Vaccines are amongst the greatest public health achievements in history and have saved countless lives. Smallpox has been eradicated, polio is on its way out and now hopes are the COVID-19 vaccine will help end this pandemic for good. Following the safety and efficacy assessment of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the European Commission has authorised conditional marketing for two vaccines, assuring that they meet EU standards. This could be the happy ending of a dreadful chapter in history, but enough people need to be vaccinated for herd immunity and a consequent return to the “old normality”. Anti-vaccine movements as well as misinformation about the vaccine pose threats to this way out of the pandemic.

  • How can we ensure the free decision to be vaccinated is based on fact-checked information?
  • How can health-related misinformation be stopped from spreading?
  • What is the role of public authorities in the vaccination campaign?
  • How does social media influence your thoughts on vaccination?
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Mike
21 January 2021

The covid-19 topic has been at the center of our lives for many months now and our life steriotypes have evolved with it. The vaccine is the focus of the moment and there are many different theses that create confusion among people who are not well versed on the subject. Many are in favor of the vaccine, as they believe it is absolutely necessary to defeat the virus, many others, however, refuse to get it because they consider it useless and harmful to health. I am of the opinion that more light and clarity should be shed on the subject, in order to inform everyone about the pros and cons of this extremely important situation. If some doctors refuse to have it and some do, how do you know who is right? They should be the first to lead by example, and instead they are the first to create confusion ..
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Vincenzo Mirabelli
21 January 2021

During last year all the word was affected by a terrible disease: Covid19. We were forced to stay at home to prevent our health. At the end of 2020 scientits discovered a possibel care. They found a vaccine in a very short time. I think that we should all vaccinate, this is the best way to fight againt the virus. Some people thinks that vaccine is bad, because “we don’t know what is inside vaccine”. Fortunally there are few people that think this, and they can’t stop the fight against Covid.

Mila Dee
13 August 2020

I believe that people should have free choice to decide whether they want to get vaccinated. Most of the Nordic countries have that regulation and they still are among the countriea withe the highest number of vaccinated population. Physicians should also communicate better with their patients on all those questions related to vaccines and getting vaccinated. Please do not forget that vaccine producers are excempted from liability for unwanted effects, including permanent body impairments or in some very rare cases even death. Many people are also afraid of this. I personally know few close people who have lost their hearing, due to getting a specific vaccine (this was of course proved). So, the issue is more complex than simplg convincing someone that you are supposed to do something for the public good.

lieke
20 May 2020

First of all, I think this might be influenced by education. I am a chemist and one of the things I notice is that a lot of people are afraid of chemicals. They can sound very bad if you want them to be, but explaining to people how vaccinations actually work might make it more logical for them to understand. A comment which I remember reading mentioned that "why can't we, instead of inserting chemicals into our children, just add a bit of the dead virus ?". For me personally, this was an eyeopener since this captured in one sentence why people are afraid of vaccinations. I think educating people on what vaccinations are, how they work and how they can help you might be enough to help for at least a part of the problem. If this information would be put out, it would be of the utmost importance that it is in understandable languages. For example an animation that a child at the age of 10 would be able to understand. Most of the time words and terms are used in these commercials which are not know by everyone. Therefore, a part might still not understand the information which would be missing the purpose.

Kíra Dolmány
06 November 2019

In my opinion, vaccines are life saving (so I agree with Anssi). I do not understand though, why so many parents decide not giving the “essential” vaccines for their children.
Nowadays, the individual choice is becoming more emphasised, the thirst for freedom is increasing too rapidly, for instance in the question of gender, style and studiing. Individual choice mean deciding in a topic in your own for yourself. When it comes to the topic of vaccination, at a young age individual choice does not exist: the young children cannot decide if they want to have a vaccination or do not, or even do not know what a vaccination is. In my opinion the parent cannot decide in this case behalf the young person, because it is an other human beings frame and life. If something happens with an unvaccinated kid in young age, can the parent (who decided behalf them) even deal with the problem? I think it is a lot of responsibility the parent should take, because by not giving the appropriate vaccine, they risk their own childrens life.
In my opinion, the vaccination for young people should be maternity in all countries.

Anssi Eboreime
04 September 2019

Public health affects everyone. Vaccines are necessary and in this personal views are not very important. If we do not outright make them mandatory then we must follow the example set by Australia and set some sort of limits to those who do not vaccinate, like limit access to care. Those not vaccinated pose a danger not only to themselves but also to the weakest in our communities. Although it should be allowed for people to request tests prior to vaccination as to whether they have hypersensitivity/allergy if they so wish.

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