A values-driven approach to vaccine hesitancy conversations

South African Family Practice

Field Value
Title A values-driven approach to vaccine hesitancy conversations
Creator North, Zilla M. Smit, Arnold T. Jenkins, Louis S.
Subject Family medicine; general practice; public health; primary care; primary health care COVID-19; vaccine; hesitancy; values; ethics; conversations
Description South Africa recently experienced the third wave of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)pandemic. Social media is flooded with polarised conversations, with opinions for and against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) vaccines. Many people are hesitant, and some are strongly opposed to vaccination. Vaccine hesitancy must be understood in historical, political and socio-cultural contexts. The aim of this study was to offer a values-driven approach to vaccine hesitancy conversations. It focusses on ethical dilemmas forthcoming from values violations, interrogating the personal and institutional scripts and rationalisations that prevent resolution, and offering ways of re-scripting these. Values-driven conversations provide safe spaces for vaccine-hesitant individuals to voice their reservations. The manner in which conversations are conducted is as important as the contents being discussed. Healthcare professionals are trusted by the public and should use ways of conversing that do not erode this trust. Creating respectful, compassionate platforms of engagement and incentivising vaccination are important measures for change in vaccine perspectives.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor n/a
Date 2022-01-31
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — n/a
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/safp.v64i1.5419
Source South African Family Practice; Vol 64, No 1 (2022): Part 1; 4 pages 2078-6204 2078-6190
Language eng
Relation https://safpj.co.za/index.php/safpj/article/view/5419/7190 https://safpj.co.za/index.php/safpj/article/view/5419/7191 https://safpj.co.za/index.php/safpj/article/view/5419/7192 https://safpj.co.za/index.php/safpj/article/view/5419/7193
Coverage Africa; South Africa 2021 n/a
Rights Copyright (c) 2022 Zilla Maria North, Arnold Smit, Louis Stander Jenkins https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0