SOME people are adopting a “wait and see” approach to Covid-19 vaccination – they’re waiting for others to be inoculated just to see if they suffer from any side-effects.
Such vaccine hesitancy can affect people across the board, from different backgrounds, ages and cultures. But such vaccine hesitancy allows the coronavirus to ravage the community, with new variants raising their ugly heads further aggravating the situation. If we are not careful our healthcare system may be overwhelmed by this scourge.Ask anyone and he or she will tell you they cannot wait to return to work, school, sports, family gatherings and social activities. We must drill into the vaccine hesitants that the only way out of this predicament is to make sure that they take the powerful step of vaccination to regain normal life.
Science tells us that people of colour are more vulnerable to Covid-19 risk factors – which is even more reason not to hesitate. Older people and those suffering from heart and kidney disease, hypertension and diabetes are more likely to experience severe – even fatal – instances of Covid-19 if they contract it.
In this respect the government quite rightly is adopting a “carrot or the stick” approach in tackling the problem of vaccine hesitancy. The ban on dining-in at clubs, restaurants, cafes and eateries is really taking a toll on the public. Members of the public are sorely missing the ambience of restaurant dining, when they can really relax and indulge in a leisurely banter.
As an a incentive – a carrot – the government should consider lifting this ban for individual restaurants whose staff are all fully vaccinated; and entry can be limited only to members of the public who are fully vaccinated also.
With this measure, I hope that the public can be enticed into vaccination even if they do not really appreciate the inherent value of vaccines against the deadly virus.
DR A. SOORIAN , Seremban