“Infections are increasing very fast. Two weeks ago, we had the idea that there was nothing wrong, but now we are seeing a huge increase in the number of patients and an increase in the number of hospitalizations. For many Urk residents, attention is no longer so focused on the coronavirus” . De Visser says.
According to him, several factors play a role in Urk, one of which is the distance to the vaccination site. “Right now, people have to travel to Emmeloord to get a vaccine. On the other hand, I have noticed that there is some skepticism towards government agencies in Urk, and GGD is still seen as a government agency. Additionally, I think we as general practitioners need to More customization. We can talk to the patient more easily.”
De Visser has seen an increase in contacts about the coronavirus vaccine in the past two weeks. “We notice that skeptics in particular come up with a lot of specific questions about, say, efficacy. There is a lot of fear about side effects, but there are also people who believe in certain conspiracy theories about it, but fear in particular is an important idea. That the religious aspect plays a role in a small minority.”
De Visser wants to provide additional information and explain what the vaccine does individually. “But at the same time, we also want to explain the risks of a high number of infections. My impression is that people want to be convinced. We very much hope to be able to convince people from among the group of skeptics.”
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