Why We Must Address Needle Fear to Achieve Herd Immunity – And Beyond
It’s important to note that more than 50% of the not-yet-vaccinated have, not just vaccine resistance, but needle hesitancy. And for people who fear needles, a tiny nudge can be all it takes to cement their decision to stay that way.
Before the J&J pause, we had asked the same questions, and the percent wanting J&J was actually higher. If they couldn’t get the one-dose vaccine, less than 40% endorsed getting one of the two-dose options.
When these “needle-hesitant” get up enough courage to pursue healthcare, including the Covid vaccine, any negative press or delay tilts the balance toward avoidance – and not coming back.
Our physician leaders need to realize that our relationship with sharps is different from needle-fearing people who receive the jab. We must approach solutions with humility and empathy.
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