The Bower & Collier Family History

Research by Colin Bower

New Milton Discussion Group

January Online Discussion/Zoom Meeting

With the turmoil of 2020, it is hard to think of new questions but some non-Brexit questions have stood out:

Question 2.What reasons do people have against having anti-Covid-19 vaccines?


1. Apart from:
- those who believe social media conspiracy theories,
- some minority ethnic communities appear to be fearful of all vaccines,
- some people have religious objections and
- some are worried about vaccines being produced so quickly and are concerned about their safety.

2. I don’t have anything against vaccine. Can’t wait to get it done and get on with life.

Generally: - some people are worried about rapid identifying and manufacture.
- Some have needle phobia.
- Some don’t believe COVID is real! Conspiracy theories.

3. Obviously, the more people innoculated the better.

There will be some:
- who are afraid of medicinal treatment/needles
- who are persuaded there are risks

Unfortunately, there are zealots who spout conspriracy theories/misinformation and some gullible people are quick to believe them.

The media doesn't help and are quick to seize on bad news and boadcast it, e.g. the report that 2 people had reacted to the Pfizer vaccine even though these individuals had a record of reacting and recovered quickly.

4. A number of reasons including:

- They have genuine concerns about allergic reactions or side effects, due to their health situation.
- They do not have sufficient faith in the government, to believe that the vaccines have been properly tested and trialed.
- They take notice of ‘anti vaccine’ rhetoric on social media, with which they are obsessed.
- They are ‘born and bred’ anti establishment lunatics whose sole purpose in life is to object to everything.

5. Lunacy Superstition
Cultutal/religious practice
Selfishness - not protecting the herd

6. Similar to flu jab in that a lot of people will turn it down.

People are nervous but we know the flu jab well.

The pandemic is different. We don't know the future and people shoudn't bypass it.

7. General distrust of government hype, expert opinion and
newness, unproven process of verification of this particular vaccine.

8. A. More in the medis. Some elderly patients have baulked at the idea of travelling to vaccine hubs.

Reluctant to use public transport or taxis where no car of own or no family to take them.

B. Campaign to be mounted to combat fake news (e.g. that animal products or alcohol in vaccines) causing some members of ethic minorities to reject jabs.

Hoping that role models and influencers (e.g. religious leaders) will overcome lamguage, religious and cultural barriers.

9. I do not see any reason, I am just grateful to have had it. They are putting themselves and others at risk, unless there is a medical reason.

10. Zoom Meeting 21 January 2021

Lack of sufficient education/communications
Community beliefs
Non-Belief in the science (vaccines rushed)
Lack of efficaciousness following change from 3 weeks to 12 weeks for second jab
Lack of trust in Government
Conspiracy theories/misinformation
Fear of needles including flu jab
Valid medical reasons

Despite the above, it was thought that take-up would be high.

In other countries, there might be greater mistrust in Governments.

Whereas the UK Government had shown good leadership on vaccines, the US were playing catch-up, where there had been a lack of leadership and widespread denial.

Colin Bower
21 January 2021

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