I was surprised to receive messages from people who were firmly convinced that vaccines were bad, but who, after receiving answers, changed their perspective and went to vaccination.

What if instead of yelling at each other we helped each other, patiently and without prejudice? Responding with empathy is much more complicated than pointing the finger, but also much more efficient. We know, all this sounds good, motivational Facebook, but who else has time for such a thing? doctor Vasi Rădulescu, It looks like. For an even better week, Vasi Rădulescu made his time and knowledge available to answer everyone’s questions about the vaccine. Yes, everyone. He started this personal vaccination campaign on October 21 and tries to continue it as long as possible. He has worked for about 80 hours so far trying to persuade people to get vaccinated.

Most of those who write to me go for vaccinations. They have certain conditions and are not sure if the vaccine can be given. Or they are anxious and need empathetic and gentle encouragement, says Vasi.

Vasi Rădulescu is an internist, volunteer, popularizer of health education in books and online platforms. He believes that in order to decide to get vaccinated, people need trust, a relationship with a doctor. If another 50 doctors with Facebook pages had run a similar campaign, the results would have been seen. We talk to him in the following lines about the fears of the people he talked to these days on Facebook, the measures of the authorities and what is most missing in Romania, in the vaccination campaign.

Own vaccination campaign

The decision came after I saw in the inbox many messages about vaccination, most of them with ambiguities that I considered important and I answered them as soon as I could. Noticing that people came back with thanks and details about the fact that they made the vaccine, I decided to put my free time to the test and publicly announced that I would respond to all those who have ambiguities or fears.

surprise

I honestly expected there to be many messages, considering that I have several hundred thousand people following me on Facebook pages. The problem was how to get over the bubbles and how to reach those who don’t follow me, because mine were mostly vaccinated anyway. I was surprised to receive messages from people who were firmly convinced that vaccines were bad, but who, after receiving answers, changed their perspective and went to vaccination. It is a titanic job and I hope to be able to continue it.

I spend a few hours in the morning with the messages, then I have informative posts, and in the evening from 18 to 2-3 in the morning I will respond to the messages. I started everything on the 21st and I think I actually worked over 80 hours.

conclusions

Most of those who write to me go for vaccinations. They have certain conditions and are not sure if the vaccine can be given. Or they are anxious and need empathetic and gentle encouragement.

Why is the vaccination rate in Romania so low

There are several corroborated reasons: lack of education, lying on one ear, poor political conduct, sudden protection measures, lack of effective communication, ideally direct, with people.

What went wrong in the vaccination campaign

Fixed communication. People need contact, a relationship with a doctor. If we had 50 doctors with Facebook pages and each was enrolled in a similar campaign, now we had other results. And I am convinced that mixing politics in the vaccination campaign has been particularly harmful.

The difference between Romania and other countries

Education. This is where I think the main bug is. Vaccination is not done through coercion and fear, but by reason after information. Of course, we are somehow forced to resort to constraints now precisely because reason did not work. People had to be vaccinated in the first half of the year. It’s a cruel lesson for everyone – hundreds more people die every day and these deaths could have been avoided.

Categories that are not vaccinated

There is a small percentage of people who have firm beliefs and there is not much to do there. They are very vocal, but I ignore them, preferring to focus on people who want information, are respectful, have small dilemmas. Communication with them also goes very well.

Official vaccination campaign

What I said above. I have colleagues who did a huge job at CNCAV, but the politician ruined things, blaming former ministers, cutting thin campaigns that also put superhero-smelling politicians under scrutiny, relaxing much too early when in other countries I had strong indications that a new wave is coming. What do I think they did well? Development of centers, supply of vaccines, Ro Vaccinare platform.

What’s missing

We need simple information from empathetic doctors, good communicators. We also need to somehow get rid of anti-vaccine doctors, as well as the toxic characters who spill fake news on TV. A la longue it is clear that we need a lot of education.


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