Dr Georges, speaking at a special GIS presentation on September 15, 2021, said the need for the survey has arisen out of concerns that vaccination numbers were dwindling, and it will also collect data on misconceptions surrounding the taking of the jabs.
He said the survey will also collect data on the issues concerning the vaccination and where people are getting their knowledge from, “to help us to understand what’s going on with people’s decision making around vaccination [and] to better strategise as to how we can promote vaccination,” he said.
The acting CMO said depending on findings, a new approach will be taken towards vaccine education in the VI and to better explain the vaccine.
Dr Georges said that just about 50% of the territory has received both doses of the vaccine and health authorities have entered a new stage where they must get addition additional information out in a more targeted approach.
When questioned on whether the survey is needed, Dr Georges said one only has to look at conversations on social media.
The survey, he said, will ultimately help authorities better understand what is it that persons need to help them better decide to get the vaccine.
Dr Georges said while a lot of people have come around to the idea of understanding the vaccine and how it works, there’s still a lot of misconceptions and many remain on the fence.