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Vaccination confidence

Adaora Anyichie - Odis
Adaora Anyichie - Odis Member Posts: 111 ✭✭✭

Vaccination confidence: How can we build the confidence of the masses to increase vaccination uptake?

1) Our Leaders need to lead by example. Church leaders (Bishops, Priest, Pastors and Clergy), Traditional rulers, Heads of schools, Politicians, Senators, House of Representatives, Governors commissioners, Chairmen, Gate keepers, Ward and party leaders need to show their followers/ masses that they have taken their own vaccination. They would serve as influencers.

2) The media has a huge role to play. The same media tactics Nigeria used in 2014 during Ebola outbreak should be adopted. It did a lot of magic, helped solve communication problems and brought about great result.

3) Nigerian celebrities have a lot of fans. Celebrities would have a positive influence on their fans using social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Tik tok etc) to encourage the masses to get vaccinated.

4) Story telling: Using emotional intelligence to tell stories regarding COVID - 19 and the benefits of being vaccinated.

5) Incentives and empowerment programs will help alot of women and children in rural communities build vaccination confidence. Because if really we care about health of the public/mass/Nation we should also pay attention to poverty. #vaccination #covax #gavi #health #publichealth #awareness #communication #media #bbc #coregroup #unicef #who #vaccinationcovid19 #vaccinationconfidence

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  • chris leonard
    chris leonard Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 156 admin
    edited June 2021

    Hi @Adaora Anyichie - Odis - I'm interested in what happened in the media in point 2 regarding Ebola outbreaks. Can you elaborate?

  • Adaora Anyichie - Odis
    Adaora Anyichie - Odis Member Posts: 111 ✭✭✭

    Thank you for your interest. In Nigeria we designed a lot of posters, bill boards, radio jingles, TV adverts in English and local languages. Social media like Twitter, Facebook wasn't left out.

    Churches too had health experts groups that have congregation frequent updates.

  • chris leonard
    chris leonard Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 156 admin

    You make a good point that concerned efforts online and offline - with similar strong messaging - seems to be a good way to ensure success. Especially if famous people and prominent people in your personal community are speaking up in favour of vaccinations. I worry that the handful who are opposed (for their own reasons) get a disproportionate amount of attention.

    @Adaora Anyichie - Odis if this worked in Nigeria for Ebola - are they doing the same thing again for Covid?

  • Adaora Anyichie - Odis
    Adaora Anyichie - Odis Member Posts: 111 ✭✭✭

    Well we have a change of Government now. In 2014, our President was really interested and determined to ensure that the outbreak does not spread.

    Nigerians do not trust the present government and anything they embark on... resulting to the COVID - 19 vaccination hesitancy.