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Darville: Efforts to improve vaccine rates ‘not effective’

HEALTH and Wellness Minister Michael Darville.

HEALTH and Wellness Minister Michael Darville.

By EARYEL BOWLEG

Tribune Staff Reporter

ebowleg@tribunemedia.net

HEALTH and Wellness Minister Dr Michael Darville said social mobilisation, inclusive of gifts and prices, were not effective in sparking uptake of COVID-19 vaccines in The Bahamas.

Despite this, health officials are continuing an “aggressive” campaign to encourage more people to get vaccinated against the virus.

This includes public education, stronger public relations that targets smaller groups, behavioural support, and acquiring paediatric doses of the vaccine.

Last week, the minister noted that just over 51 percent of the eligible persons in the country were vaccinated.

Back in December, people who received their first vaccination shot between the second week of that month through to month’s end were eligible to win a $25,000 cash prize.

The government teamed up with the Fox Foundation to provide the prizes. People who got their first dose during the period would be among 50 people chosen in each of the three weeks to receive $500 cash prizes.

Asked yesterday if the vaccination prizes they were giving away helped, Dr Darville admitted:

“Social mobilisation, inclusive of gifts and prices, were not really effective to address vaccination uptake in the Bahamas.”

It is unclear if anyone ever walked away with any of the prizes.

As of April 30, the vaccination tracker showed 165,642 (including J&J ) people fully vaccinated.

In comparison, three months earlier on January 29,2022 the vaccine tracker said there were 159,229 people fully vaccinated.

This represents a difference of 6,413.

This total includes Bahamians and residents who were fully vaccinated aboard and registered on the vax.gov. bs platform.

The tracker also showed 342,304 total doses of vaccine administered and 155,343 people who have received one dose, excluding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as of April 30.

Comments

John 3 months, 1 week ago

It is safe d that vaccines are effective for six months. And since there is currently no eminent danger from Covid either that is life threatening or requiring hospitalization, persons currently see no need to take these ‘extremely controversial’ vaccines. And should a new strain or variant surface, what is the probability that the cuTrent vaccines will be effective?

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stillwaters 3 months, 1 week ago

I suspected this vet was lost, but now I know for sure...he's as lost as hell.

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sheeprunner12 3 months, 1 week ago

Those who wanted to get vaccinated did so ... Those who preferred not to be vaccinated, didn't. So be it. That is how a democracy works.

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ted4bz 3 months, 1 week ago

Y'all still running on with this nonsense? Over 60% of us are unvaxx, already survived 2 years of this nonsense with or without the flu, and besides that the population have increased, not shrink. But then again no one is concerned with facts, only parroting, trying to sound smart, fear and money. All this cut throat nonsense has us in this quagmire of a mess in the first place.

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ThisIsOurs 3 months, 1 week ago

They should just give it up. The evidence is right front of their eyes, everybody does not need to be vaccinated. A better approach would have been education on who was considered vulnerable, campaigns targeted at vaccinating them and continued research examining who was getting sick and who was dying. The co-creator of AstraZeneca echoed that just last year. Said vaccinating everybody every six months was not sustainable.

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carltonr61 3 months ago

The continuation of Covid is a lucrative business for all with a horse in the race by the way Gates is crying, as if, 'there must always be Covid.' Or the world will stop spinning or pockets will loose testing money. or the rabbit is silly for believing tricks are for kids and profits.

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