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Me, waiting in an overcrowded pharmacy for my #COVID19 booster

Woman of Color (#WOC) in front of me: It is NOT safe to have this many people in one place!

Me: I hear you. This is not COVID-19 safe at all. I'm here for my booster.

WOC: Wait, I have some questions about that.
Me: I work in medicine. Maybe I can help.

Her: See, what I don't understand is: why are there two shots?

Me: Yeah, fair. This kind of virus confuses your body, so the first time your body sees it, it is CONFUSED.

Her: Yeah, yeah.
Me: And the second time your body sees it, it's like "wait a minute, I KNOW this" & it's ready to FIGHT.

Her: Now that makes sense.

Me: Mm-hm.

Her: You know, I'm just here to pick up my prescription. I have to work tomorrow, you know, third shift.

Me: Yeah, you work hard.
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What do you think about this new study?

Bacon, A.M., Taylor, S. Vaccination Hesitancy and Conspiracy Beliefs in the UK During the SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) Pandemic. Int.J. Behav. Med. (2021).

#vaccinehesitancy #ph260720…
This new study is a valuable look at longitudinal changes in COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy is an obstacle to convergence of COVID-19 pandemic. Hopefully, fewer people are avoiding the vaccine!

#vaccinehesitancy #ph260720
Vaccine hesitancy was selected as one of ten threats to global health in 2019 by WHO. In the context of this pandemic, it's even more important!

#vaccinehesitancy #ph260720…
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In August we asked people who are 'vaccine hesitant' to take part in a survey to try to find out why they feel that way.

729 people took part (thank you).
The results were surprising.

See full survey results here

Key findings below 1/
The overwhelming majority (87%) cited one reason for not having the jab was b/c there haven't been any long-term studies on the potential side-effects of the CV-19 vaccine.

Therefore, participants to this survey have based that decision on a rational awareness of the facts
One of the most remarkable results was the answer that received the least votes:

0.8% just 6 participants, said they're against vaccines of any sort.
Also the vast majority of participants (78%) take other vaccines & many have had their 1st jab.

Thus they are not "anti vax"
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1/🧵🎥 REFLECTION on Fear & Love – what connects 9/11 & #COVID19?
On #Sept11, 2,996 died. 412 were 1st responders running INTO danger.


WHY did they do this? Listen to my patient Col. Correa👇

HINT: it was NOT religion, politics, or patriotism.
2/ When someone around us needs help, the only universally unifying response is #LOVE.

Wells of love (see pics 👇) must be what we drawn on to achieve success in serving others, whether on 9/11 or in this #Pandemic.
Pics by Robert Mecea & @marklennihan
3/🎥 I cared for 9/11 hero Colonel Victor Correa as he died in our @VA hospital years later. His story is told in #EveryDeepDrawnBreath. He carried men out of the Pentagon saving lives. Watch more of his testimonial…
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1/🧵🎥 UBUNTU is an answer to the #COVID question not enough of us are asking:

Who is my neighbor?
Our response to this question will dictate our #PublicHealth decisions.
What is ubuntu? A type of humanism needed #now more than ever. Listen to Nelson Mandela & Desmond Tutu!👏
2/🎥👇 Nelson Mandela on Ubuntu: “A traveler through a country would stop at a village and he didn't have to ask for food or for water. Once he stops, the people give him food and attend him. That is one aspect of Ubuntu, but it will have various aspects.”
3/ Embracing #Ubuntu means it’s not about you, it’s not about me, it’s about us working together as one! Ubuntu is belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity & transcends barriers, ideologies, cultural diversity and more.
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Originally, I declined the vaccine on the basis that it was not medically necessary. The known risks of Covid did not outweigh the unknown risks of the 💉, and it was not a difficult decision.
But as public health & local, state and federal gov officials began pushing for every eligible person to take the 💉regardless of natural immunity or personal risk/benefit analysis, my decision to decline became based in the belief that the campaign is immoral & unethical.
There is a constellation of factors - medical, biological, societal, political and spiritual - that have influenced my moral reasoning and my determination that to participate in the mass vaccination campaign by taking the 💉 would be wrong.
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1/🧵 My interview w @FoxNews @DavidRutz talking about how to overcome #VaccineHesitancy:
My #1 point: "The main thing is to listen. As soon as we start jamming stuff down someone’s throat, they quit listening because we’re not listening to them.”
2/ "So what I found is just to be a person & say, 'I'm looking at you in the eyes,' I'm here for you, and I want to listen to what what's going on with you, and you tell me, please, what is it that's getting you afraid?' …
3/ “Try and really understand, put yourself in their place and then on an individual basis, address each fear…1 by 1..."
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I’ve been told to make a new poll to include everyone and I can happily oblige🙂 I love making polls!

💥👉🏼Do you work in healthcare and have you taken a covid vaccine? 👈🏽💥

Everyone must VOTE AND RETWEET!
Don’t forget to retweet! 🇺🇸🙂
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1/#pregnancy and #covidvaccine: SRO Bolton view-thread. I gave the very first #Bolton #covidvaccine in Dec 2020. I was nervous. It felt like a monumental moment for us all. We were telling people then that over 40,000 people had had the #vaccine at this point.
2/ we were also telling people they couldn’t have it if they were pregnant or planning a pregnancy. We had no reason to think it was unsafe but we had no evidence that it wasn’t. Thousands of women heard the ‘don’t have if planning pregnancy’ and believed it caused infertility.
3/ we spent weeks/ months trying to bust the infertility myth as young carers and health carers declined in the hope of a pregnancy. Pretty soon suspicion became reality that 1. Pregnant women could get really sick with Covid 2. Vaccinated pregnant women were doing just fine
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Good idea @KasperKepp Let's bring international attention to this matter.

What do experts on #VaccineHesitancy and misinformation have to say about @StabellBenn claims about Covid19💉?

@DrPaulOffit @Rosewind2007 @doritmi @gorskon might recall earlier encounters.

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October 2020. @StabellBenn shares these views about the vaccine trials...
"Not tested against severe disease" stated in several 🇩🇰 tweets, with link to Peter Doshi opinion in @bmj_latest
November 2020. Preventive measures against covid19 might make children more susceptible to severe covid19 later.😧 #JustAskingQuestions
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1/ SRO vaccine Bolton - experience of #VaccineHesitancy thread. #WHO defines vaccine hesitancy as a “delay in acceptance or refusal of safe vaccines despite availability of vaccine services’’ As lead for vaccines in UK #covid hotspot #bolton this is of interest to people I meet
2/#WHO specifies complacency, convenience, confidence, and sociodemographic contexts as factors. #bolton is a diverse town with over 10 years life expectancy variance between rich and poor areas and hugely different healthy life expectancy #inequalities
3/ Feb 21 -data started to emerge that poorer parts town had lower uptake. People worried that misinformation, digital poverty, cultural beliefs etc meant people didn’t want the #vaccine in these areas. Other parts of town consistently hitting >95% uptake in eligible cohorts.
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A chemical engineer from Andhra Pradesh became viral on social media by talking against vaccines. He now appeared in mainstream media channels and quoted that every family will have one death in the third corona wave.
#Vaccine #misinformation
Thread 👇 (1/n)
He has made multiple misleading claims on Vaccines which may raise #vaccinehesistancy among the public. let's see the facts (2/n)
#AndhraPradesh #coronavirus #CovidVaccine
He claims that Vaccine #efficacy was reduced to 60 % against delta variant (which is first found in India). He also says that out of 100, only 60 people are safe, and the remaining 40 people are will surely get coronavirus which he termed as vaccine are not safe. (3/n)
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#FactCheck of various "Propaganda Cartoons".

Inflation - Average 4.74% from 2014-2020, lowest in last 6 decades.

Unemployment - Yes, it increased because of Delhi - 45.6%, TN - 28%, Rajasthan - 27.6%.

GDP - India's GDP is low but performance under NDA is still better than UPA.
Supreme Court questioned Modi govt on Vaccine supply & differential pricing and its Ok. Point to be noted that it was States who asked for Decentralization of Vaccines. Supreme Court didn't ordered to Modi government to provide FREE Vaccines to States, but Modi did.
Several propaganda cartoons blaming Modi for Covid-19 situation floating around. 'Health' is States subject in India. fact remains, India has registered lowest Covid-19 De∆ths amongst major countries. De∆th rate in non-BJP States are highest, but entire blame is on Modi.
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Thread on #GramPanchayat task force chaired by #Rangamma frm #Soliga #Adivasi community #brhills #Chamarajanagar; praise for #HealthWorkers but frustration at lack of “higher officials” coming to GPs; @readingkafka @iphindia
PHC MO and other doctors address the gathering about the last one month experience of #Chamarajanagar and how situation is slowly improving; need to address hesitancy towards testing and vaccine; also not to become complacent about dropping numbers
PHC Dr frm #Gumballi patiently heard & clarified how these are stressful times for all #HealthWorkers; members demand at least one visit a month from #taluka officials; patient listening of complaints is an important function even if they are not immediately resolved;
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"They send 'black' vaccines for us while people in the cities are being given 'white' vaccines!"

"The vaccines are to kill us as we are poor!"

These statements certainly have much deeper connotations attached to them than just 'safety concerns'.
#VaccineHesitancy among the rural and the tribal communities is a complex phenomenon and is driven by more than mere lack of health awareness or misinformation. It's also not something which has emerged abruptly overnight.
The origins of their apprehensions are rooted in the historic backdrop of perpetual discrimination, exploitation and alienation faced over the ages at the hands of those in power.
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71% of South Africans were would get a #COVID19sa vaccine, according to country's first nationally representative survey on #vaccinehesitancy. Afrikaans home language speakers were more likely than other language groups to be vaccine-hesitant, shows new NIDS-CRAM data. #COVID19
NIDS-CRAM survey looked at the extent of vaccine hesitancy among about 6630 adults in SA, the reasons why & who might be more or less likely to be vaccine hesitancy. The survey found the highest level of vaccine willingness (71%) of surveys so far.
About 31% of vaccine-hesitant people in South Africa are worried about side effects and about 20% are either worried about the effectiveness of jabs or don't believe in vaccines generally. #COVID19 #COVID19sa
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1/n #VaccineHesitancy Recieved something from a friend that has really shocked me. Would appreciate corrections if any or all of this is untrue. 🙏🏻 "Some thoughts below are from my colleague at IIT and the figures he quoted herein are copied from other sources.
2/n When India decided to adopt the CovishieId & Covaxin, the intelligentsia, non-BJP pol parties, NGOs, all started speaking in the media alleging insufficient data on it’s efficacy, it's fake, we will not take it. The media also launched a movement against the Indian vaccine.
3/n During this time, many news articles were published in the media against the vaccine.
@IndianExpress 182,
#loksatta 172,
@navbharattimes_ 236,
@HindustanTimes 123,
@timesofindia 28,
@thewire_in 78,
@ThePrintIndia 59,
@scroll_in 122,
@newslaundry 54,
@AltNews 78,
#TheHindu 128
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BJP President Mr. @JPNadda has written a scathing letter to Congress Chief #SoniaGandhi today, apprising her of the 'conduct of the Congress Party during these challenging times.'

Let's take a look at all the instances cited in the letter one by one.


How Congress leaders, including Congress Chief Minister, ridiculed Indian-made-vaccine and created doubts in the minds of people, spurring #VaccineHesitancy

1. Fear mongering on vaccines, #COVAXIN, by #Chhattisgarh Health Minister TS Singh Deo

This continued through Feb'2021 too, when TS Deo Singh creating doubts over #Covaxin

2. Congress govt in #Punjab also refused to use COVAXIN & did not change their stance even when efficacy data came out! Here's Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu's remarks:

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Here’s a thread of all the #VaccineNaysayers who did disservice to India & humanity with #COVID19 #VaccineHesitancy

[1/n] - Akhilesh Yadav (Samajwadi Party)

“It's BJP's vaccine, not taking the shot”: Akhilesh Yadav (Jan 3, 2021)
[2/n] - Sandeep Chaudhary (News24)

“Main toh (covaxin) nahi lagwaunga, jab tak efficacy prove nahi, phase-3 trial nahi poore honge.. main toh nahi lagwaunga” (Jan 6, 2021)


[3/n] Satish Acharya (Cartoonist)

Made numerous cartoons casting aspersions on the #COVID19 vaccines, but pounced on it (Apr 16, 2021) the moment saw the Covid Tsunami coming to the town. #VaccineNaysayer ImageImage
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So what is #vaccinehesitancy and how Indian media especially some renowned media platforms cannot escape their culpability in aiding it! Let us examine this issue is our easy to understand #Pulspective series!
Amongst established media platforms, @shekhargupta run @ThePrintIndia takes the cake with these two spectacularly “unscientific” and “baseless” stories bordering diatribe against India’s homegrown Covaxin.
And no, @the_hindu @qzindia and many others were not far behind and published all baseless statements with prominence, thereby fuelling doubts in the minds of common public against vaccines. #Pulspective #vaccinehesitancy
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Welcome to the sixth #OxfordMentalHealth webinar. Our topic this time is vaccine hesitancy, mistrust and conspiracies.

Expert panel:
- @ProfDFreeman from @OxPsychiatry @OxHealthBRC
- @jonsnowC4 from @Channel4News
- Chaired by Prof John Geddes
I'll be live tweeting until 7pm at #OxfordMentalHealth

The webinar video will be published next week on the @OxPsychiatry YouTube channel, so subscribe to that and you will get a notification when it goes live.…
First there’ll be a short talk from @ProfDFreeman who will present the OCEANS research that he and his colleagues have been doing over the last few months.

OCEANS = Oxford Coronavirus Explanations, Attitudes, and Narratives Survey #OxfordMentalHealth…
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Getting❓about how #COVID #vaccines were tested & granted EUAs so quickly? I sure am, esp from folks "on the fence" or taking the "wait & see" approach.

👇Here's an infographic you can use to explain the #clinicaltrials process.

#epitwitter #MedTwitter #vaccinehesitancy Clinical trials process: pre-clinical research through Phase
2/Pre-clinical research:
Decades of groundwork prepared the scientific community for this moment:
🦠6 other human coronaviruses
💉mRNA & viral vector vaccine technologies
3/Clinical trials:
No #clinicaltrials phases were skipped. The scientific community was 'all hands on deck' w/many layers of red tape removed.

🐌In 'normal' times @NIH may require 1yr PLANNING grant b4 eligible to submit Phase 3 trial grant (>2yrs b4 full grant MIGHT get funded)
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#JNJ Vaccine Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis Surveillance🧵after @CDCgov #ACIP (for now ...):
1⃣Watch for symptoms like headache, aphasia, paresis, papilledema, seizure, mental status changes
2⃣High-risk groups *seem* to be young women (~20-50), 6-20 days after #JNJ vaccine

3⃣True #CVST event rate is TBD (as is the true background rate)
4⃣PF4 IgG ELISA in all patients for screening (#publichealth reporting) & management (avoiding heparin if positive)
5⃣Consider IV steroids & IVIg for thrombocytopenia
6⃣Report any suspicious events to #VAERS…
7⃣Remember that these are RARE events and the proposed cause of #VITT remains theoretical. This pause is proof that the safety/surveillance system works!

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