Vaccine Hesitancy has exacerbated FEAR and is DIVIDING our societies like never before.
There continues to be FEAR. Fear among all of us. FEAR on all corners – FEAR of the vaccine that is not sufficiently tested; FEAR of the intentions of the vaccine makers (to make money and more); FEAR of our governments and their capabilities; FEAR for our own health (and the pre-conditions that we inherited from the diet of slavery); and of course, FEAR of the ultimate, DEATH.
And there are huge and growing divisions: between the rich and the poor; the privileged and the not-so-privileged; the healthy and unhealthy; those imbued with hope, plans, desires, dreams and visions, and the hopeless; the confident and the fearful; the believers and the doubters; the literate and the illiterate; the dead, and all of us that are still alive.
A great deal of work needs to be done to allay the fears; to bridge these gaps; and heal these growing divisions.
How can we hope to create a workable, even equitable society when people fear that their own governments, international organisations, big businesses, big pharma and Big China are in cahoots to kill us all? After all, the population is too large anyway (so no problem if Covid-19 does some culling); the vaccines are NOT free (as our governments pay for each and every one); Big Pharma wins, dead or alive; the vaccines are not proven and sufficiently tested; Big Pharma takes no responsibility for any ‘side-effects’, even death; a large part of the population (Africans and Black Americans) have been weaned on diets that are unhealthy and that now underly many pre-existing health conditions (which now make the Covid-19 vaccine deadly).
Where are the ACTIONS, information and knowledge that address these fears and deal with these issues head-on? And, importantly, how do we engender HOPE?
Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy is exacerbating the already big and growing divide within our societies and communities. Covid-19 is dividing us like never before.
GROWING COVID-19 DIVISIONS
Shall we indicate whether the Non-Vaccinated are on Side A or Side B of this chart above? On which side of the chart would you put the Non-Vaccinated?
Yes, there are deaths and complications from vaccines. No doubt. And Yes, there are lives saved from the vaccine. And the numbers that live, out-number those that die. It all depends upon the numbers that we CHOOSE to believe. And we CHOOSE the information that we want to believe. Human beings make choices and then find/read/follow the information that best CONFIRMS their decision. Yes, it is all about CONFIRMATION. It goes like this – there is FEAR of Death; we FEAR that the vaccine could kill us; we convince ourselves that we will live, if we do not take the vaccine; and we find/follow/like information that supports our decision to not to take the vaccine.
But our confirmations in our decision to NOT take the vaccine can as easily be changed when HOPE and opportunity presents itself at our doorstep. HOPE, ambition, plans, dreams, desires, wishes, expectations, longings are important factors in people’s decisions to become vaccinated – Hope of travel; hope of shopping; hope of visiting friends and relatives; hope of a better life; hope for deliverance.
Our decision to NOT take the vaccine can as easily be changed when HOPE and opportunity presents itself.
For Example, if we are fortunate enough to be offered the job of our dreams and need a VAX to do it, we are happy to change our anti-vax stance; if we are fortunate enough to go to Miami to ‘shop until we drop’ and need the VAX to facilitate it, we get the VAX; if we are lucky enough to afford to travel abroad and need a VAX to travel, we will take the VAX; if we are lucky enough to be fit and healthy and have no ‘underlying conditions’; we happily take the vaccine.
And there are those of us that are hesitant to be vaccinated because we are privileged to have our own homes/houses; live in small communities; can work from home; are fairly isolated from others; are pretty self-sufficient; and probably do not need to travel.
But what about the majority of us that may be front-line workers and cannot work from home and cannot ‘escape’ the virus; or use public transportation; or are over-weight; or have underlying heart and other health conditions; or don’t eat as well; or do not exercise enough; or live shared accommodation; or are not able to tank in as much fresh air; or are not as loved and cared for; or whose immune systems are compromised; or less educated and able?
It appears that instead of advertising and promoting the vaccine and offering incentives to get vaccinated, Governments, Big Pharma, China, and International Organisations should work on instilling TRUST and engender HOPE among its citizens.
Just as an example, TRUST is not engendered by Governments when they hide the vaccine contracts with Big Pharma from its own people.
Give us the reason to HOPE!
The following suggested transformations, or paradigm shifts, are not just solutions for Covid-19 and vaccine hesitancy. They are key for building robust and resilient communities and societies everywhere.
CHANGING PARADIGMS FOR ROBUST AND RESILIENT SOCIETIES
Author’s Note: A big ‘Thank You’ to the 25,000+ persons that took the time to read, respond to and share our first Covid-19 blog – Shame, Scandal and Vaccine Hesitancy in the Caribbean. Your insights are valuable.
Dr. Auliana Poon
Dr. Auliana Poon is the founder and Managing Director of Leve Global and Exceptional Caribbean.
Auliana loves the Caribbean and believes in its people. Her personal mission is to change the world; to transform our societies. And this is precisely why she has spearheaded Exceptional Caribbean – a continuing mission to elevate tourism, trade and lives.