While the challenges of COVID-19 are widespread across Victoria State in Australia, our goal has been building trust and confidence with the Victorian Multicultural Populations to undertake COVID-19 Vaccine. We have done the campaign aligning our first goal to provide a safe, effective, comprehensive vaccination education strategy for the Community to accept the vaccination from COVID-19 fully. Let`s note how many lives COVID-19 can cost us. Despite the systemic healthcare issues on health expenditures and workforce requirements.
A vital part at a time is to overcome COVID-19 hesitancy through supporting many of the multicultural Community-based organizations to providing a public health stream education that flows from national headwaters through to the tributaries level of diverse local communities.
There is a slow increase in vaccine acceptance in the community through engagement aims to address hesitancy in a vaccine by countering mis- and disinformation with messages guided by science and fact-based public health literature. Vaccine hesitancy is a tremendous challenge in vaccine rollout, and it is attitudes and perceptions that create refusal or reluctance towards vaccines despite their availability. The vaccine hesitancy is a result of doubts and complacency upon vaccine effectiveness and efficacy. Although the refusal for an individual to get vaccinated may be minimal, the implications might be presumed big on the public health outcomes of the population. The hesitancy creates recurring infections, thus high rates of morbidities and mortalities. Building trust and confidence in combating hesitancy could only be achieved when you empower communities and health workers to provide available, trusted, and credible information that communities are more receptive to listening or readings.
What is needed now?……
It is possible to address the challenges of vaccine hesitancy to save a life. However, the community is needed most to act instrumentally to addressing and find solutions to overcome difficulties of vaccine hesitancy and provide much better chances to overcome barriers. The education campaign may include providing vital information to diverse, high-risk, and hard-to-reach populations, especially information via “trusted local messengers” and simplifying the vaccination process while reinforcing essential COVID-19 prevention and public health control measures.
Our desire in CMRH is to devote and commit to vaccination education and campaign to a whole community providing life-saving work for, by and with the multicultural communities. The most crucial part is that the Victorian Government should put forward a robust public health response strategy to educate and campaign for the vulnerable and isolated communities to build trust and confidence in undertaking the COVID-19 vaccine. Working towards complete replenishment could mean progress in the right direction and continued improvement in addressing these challenges of vaccine hesitancy, or else we may lose the hard-earned progress the Federal and Victorian Governments have already made.