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CARPHA launches COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Survey

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CARPHA launches COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Survey

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago — As the Caribbean rolls out COVID-19 vaccines, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) launched a survey on February 17 to obtain views on the COVID-19 vaccines from people living in the region and to determine their willingness to be vaccinated.

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“There is a growing concern about vaccine hesitancy. The World Health Organization (WHO) identified vaccine hesitancy as one of the ten global health threats the world faces in 2019 and beyond, in its five-year strategic plan,” said Dr. Joy St John, CARPHA Executive Director.

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“In the Caribbean, recent studies conducted to determine acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccines reported that vaccine hesitancy ranged from 62 percent to 32 percent among adult populations of several Caribbean countries,” she said. “In order for vaccination programmes to be successful, there must be wide uptake, acceptance, and trust of COVID-19 vaccines.”

The CARPHA COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Survey, which has received ethical approval, aims to assess the beliefs and opinions of Caribbean residents, about COVID-19 vaccines and the potential barriers to acceptance of these vaccines. This information will help to inform regional public education vaccine campaigns to address concerns, build trust and understanding, and engage and empower the public.

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CARPHA is working with several public health partner agencies including the Ministries of Health and the Regional Health Communication Network to launch the survey in-country

Persons are encouraged to complete the survey by using the link provided here . The survey is also accessible on all CARPHA’s social media platforms including Facebook