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VI launching survey to gauge perception towards COVID vaccination

- research aimed @ battling misconceptions about the available jabs
Virgin Islands (VI) achieving just about 50% population having a received both doses of a COVID019, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ronald E. Georges said health authorities will now roll out a survey to understand public perception surrounding vaccination. Photo: Internet Source
Dr Georges speaking at a special GIS presentation on September 15, 2021, said the need for the survey arisen out of concerns that vaccination numbers were dwindling, and it will also collect data on misconception scrounging the jabs. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Dr Georges speaking at a special GIS presentation on September 15, 2021, said the need for the survey arisen out of concerns that vaccination numbers were dwindling, and it will also collect data on misconception scrounging the jabs. Photo: GIS/Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronald E. Georges has said health authorities will be rolling out a survey to better understand public perception surrounding vaccination.

Dr Georges, speaking at a special GIS presentation on September 15, 2021, said the need for the survey has arisen out of concerns that vaccination numbers were dwindling, and it will also collect data on misconceptions surrounding the taking of the jabs.

Server will collect a range of data 

He said the survey will also collect data on the issues concerning the vaccination and where people are getting their knowledge from, “to help us to understand what’s going on with people’s decision making around vaccination [and] to better strategise as to how we can promote vaccination,” he said.

The acting CMO said depending on findings, a new approach will be taken towards vaccine education in the VI and to better explain the vaccine.

Dr Georges said that just about 50% of the territory has received both doses of the vaccine and health authorities have entered a new stage where they must get addition additional information out in a more targeted approach.

Persons still on the fence - Dr Georges

When questioned on whether the survey is needed, Dr Georges said one only has to look at conversations on social media.

The survey, he said, will ultimately help authorities better understand what is it that persons need to help them better decide to get the vaccine.

Dr Georges said while a lot of people have come around to the idea of understanding the vaccine and how it works, there’s still a lot of misconceptions and many remain on the fence.

41 Responses to “VI launching survey to gauge perception towards COVID vaccination”

  • Think About It. (16/09/2021, 08:13) Like (14) Dislike (15) Reply
    The value of this exercise seems doubtful. It’s fairly clear that people get their (mis) information from social media, hardly considered a reputable scientific source. Most don’t have enough science background to apply critical thinking to be able to discern fact from fiction, so credence is given to the best snake oil salesmanship. It hasn’t helped that the BVIs has underinvested in education for decades. Incredible to think that we have more information available at our finger tips than ever but at the same time we are more ignorant and distrustful than ever.
    • @Think About It (16/09/2021, 11:25) Like (20) Dislike (7) Reply

      Stop talking nonsense. You assume people have not done their research, that they even give a rats about social media. You make plenty assumptions for one who is condoning the need for research. When you assume you make an @#% out of U, not ME and the community cant deal with anymore a@$#iness so please.

    • @Think About It (16/09/2021, 11:42) Like (21) Dislike (3) Reply
      God has a way of revealing the truth. What do you have to say now about the Tuskeegee Experiment and the Aids virus. The truth came out years after all the damage was done and the confessions were done on interviews where everyone can see.When a man confesses live that he has done wrong you cannot call that misinformation. All this was done through vaccination. Find the live interview and tell us what you think after.
    • Ino (17/09/2021, 03:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      No mention of how or who they will survey?
      It makes a huge difference.
  • tell the truth (16/09/2021, 09:03) Like (40) Dislike (10) Reply
    Why is the ministry of health afraid of bringing out the truth. Many people in the bvi are now suffering from adverse reactions that they never had before the jab and is afraid to speak publicly but the healthcare providers have the data.Something has to be wrong because four known fully vaxed friends have the same wooping coughs for months now and is getting worse and also serious digging pain in the left side of the chest and also long running menstral problems that never happen before. Can the ministry of health let the public know if the vaccines contain the deadly poison called graphine oxide that slowly destroys your organs?Information revealed that its in the pfizer vaccine.If your not sure please contact the FDA. It is your civil duty to protect every citizen of the teritory.No one is against vaccination but as these new vaccines roll out, there have been more deaths from these new vaccines than all the other old vaccines combine so something has to be wrong. No one was ever bribed to take any old vaccines so can you explain what is the reason for bribing people world wide to take these new technology experimental jabs.
    • think about it (16/09/2021, 11:06) Like (4) Dislike (12) Reply
      @ Tell the Truth: please share the source of your data, especially to support your assertion that there have been more deaths from Covid vaccines than all other vaccines combined. Keep in mind that Covid itself has killed about 4.6 million worldwide. Have you looked at the US Center for Disease Control’s data on the subject? See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/adverse-events.html
      • @ Think about it (16/09/2021, 14:19) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
        First things first, this same infomation was on the same CDC and the world health organization if you were paying close attention from the start of the plandemic and in some of there interviews. The concern is they say one thing in an interview and post it and when you go back weeks after you see something different.That posses great concern.(How to lie with statistics).One of the leaders in the WHO clearly said in a live interview that they dont have any data on the effects of the vaccine so they are accumulating data. That was in the early stages of the roll out. So how come from then the bvi pushers could come out to the public back then and say it is safe. Everything that both CDC and WHO said have been changing time after time. I want you to think about it, THE TRUTH ONLY HAS ONE ANSWER. If when you meet your spouse for the first time and you ask her her age and she said 21 today then tell you 29 next week then tell your mother she 25, what would you think about her? All these organisations from the top down to governments just need to tell the truth and there would be no need for coverups. Be a man and have the balls and say that pressure is being put on all countries to implement the New World Order where people will be monitored with artificial intelegence through new technology jabs and who wants to take part , do so at your own risk .Be not a cancer on the earth (GGS), so the jab is to eliminate those.The world has to much people on it so the population has to be reduced.All these words were said live from the horses mouth and many bvi people saw and heard for themselves. And the way to accomplish these goals is through vaccinations.Did the tuskeegee experiment taught you anything? Thats some of the reasons why people are hesitant. Also the warnings were in the Bible long before we were born. Wake up to reallity and get on the right side. Access what you think is good or evil. God is for good and the devil is for evil. Which category would you put these measures. No vaccine , no job then go home without severance pay , dont care how long you worked with the company.no vaccine then quarantine for 14 days when you traveling etc. That is discrimination to the highest level. Think about it before this plandemic. Smokers ,drinkers, gangsters, theives etc. were never denied any of these livelyhood services when any wrongfull act was conducted. Good shall shut down evil.
        • AB (18/09/2021, 11:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          This is the dumbest argument yet. Millions of white people have taken the vaccine. Nelay all highly educated Drs. nurses, and health care professionals have take the vaccine. So these educated people are the stupid ones? Wake up or Darwinism may claim more lives.
      • Hmm (16/09/2021, 16:24) Like (46) Dislike (2) Reply
        Poeple keep saying, please share you sources when someone talks anything negative about the vaccine. When it is clear as day that any info that puts the vaccine in a negative light is removed or deemed fake. Just try searching for anything that puts the vaccine in a negative light on google. Why is information being suppressed? Why is everything so one sided? Why are people targeted for questioning? Are they suppose just suppose to take it and shot up?
    • god is watching (16/09/2021, 11:57) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
      @Tell the truth. Well said. Set ah liars! Let them go jab themselves. Fools die for want of wisdom!
  • Me (16/09/2021, 09:13) Like (5) Dislike (79) Reply
    Please Mr. minister of health give us quickly an option with vaccine and you will see a rise in the vaccination percentage going over 80% in quick time. Way to go.
    • ... (16/09/2021, 11:58) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Me what option you want? Build your immune system and get your head out of the sand.
  • mosquito (16/09/2021, 09:31) Like (4) Dislike (23) Reply
    The majority of them afraid of the tiny little needle; a mosquito bites much harder than that little needle. You don't feel a thing.
  • hmmm (16/09/2021, 09:35) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    why. Low vaccination rate, resorting to being vaxed or fired. only after 1600 infections and 36 deaths did the vaccination numbers slightly increase. what perception you looking for? WORLD WIDE people dont want THAT vax. WORLD WIDE 45% of people who took the vax, did it for reasons other than medical or health such as being fired, coerced, supposed freedoms, CASH.
  • ta ta (16/09/2021, 10:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hummmm
  • One & one (16/09/2021, 10:45) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
    Give us more options and u will see better results
    • options (16/09/2021, 11:18) Like (4) Dislike (23) Reply
      Option 1: Do nothing and continue to be part of the problem, and drag out the pandemic for longer. Ain’t you had enough, yet? Run the risk of getting infected. Maybe you’ll be asymptomatic but that won’t stop you from infecting others who might not be. Maybe you’ll have symptoms and recover, but you could still infect others. Either way, you could infect more sensitive people, which could kill them. This also creates more opportunity for variants to develop. And, it will keep tourists and visitors away. As time goes on, it’s probable that unvaxx people won’t be able to travel.

      Option 2: get vaxxed and be part of the solution. If you are infected, highly unlikely it will be serious enough to go to the hospital. If the Territory gets a high enough proportion vaccinated, tourists will return. Bonus, it wll also restrict the development of additional variants. True, few want to be vaxxed, but hands up if you’re ready to step into the pine box. Without vaccines, we’d still have measles, mumps, rubella, yellow fever, diphtheria, polio. Some of those infectious diseases are making a come back because people refuse to vaxx.
      • wisdom (16/09/2021, 16:01) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
        Ur option seems as suttle as the devil himself who seduce Eve in the garden of Eden questioning God Word to them.
      • Truth (17/09/2021, 16:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ Options: I wonder if you know that you can still pass on the virus even if you’re vaccinated?
  • hmmm (16/09/2021, 11:56) Like (52) Dislike (4) Reply
    The main reason I don't want the vaccine is that I don't know how it will affect me down the road. I understand I may get COVID and die. I understand that many seem to be benefitting from the vaccine in the present but the future when it comes to the vaccine is a big question mark for me. I don't know if I'm sacrificing the future for a slight comfort and peace of mind in the present. I don't understand why people think this sentiment is baffling. I don't understand why we're treating caution with disdain. I don't understand why the idea that we might be handling this the wrong way is just infeasible.

    I've never looked down on anyone who've decided to be part of a medical experiment because I think it's good to have people brave enough to risk their lives so others may live. But that's the thing. They made the decision to participate in an experiment. I think the vaccines are an experiment and it's immoral to present it as anything other than that. If I wanted to make peace with a question mark I'd volunteer. You can't have freedom.of choice if you can't say no. It's no bravery if it's forced or coerced. I know vaccinated and unvaccinated people and I've listened to why they have made their choices. I just want my right to chose how I treat my body to be respected.

    If I were obese no one would be mandating exercise and no junk food. I see no one partitioning to make cigarettes and alcohol illegal despite the number one cause of death for years being cancer and these two things most definitely lead to cancer. I find and it incredulous that so many people would care about the health of others when we live in a society filled with sick people and people on the path to grave illnesses and it took us decades to get there. Social justice warriors have something they call concern trolling. It's when you pretend to care about the well being of someone to virtue signal or put them down so you can feel better about yourself. I think this is happening with the vaccines which leads me to the second biggest reason I'm opposed to the vaccine.

    Nothing about how this is being handled is reasonable or scientific. When confronted about mixed messaging Dr. Fauci dismisses all criticism by stating the information changed. While it is true that science can be self correcting even the mildly scientifically literate can figure out if a study is reaching a logic conclusion. I've seen studies being dismissed for having too few participants while other studies are being touted all over the media and that study have fewer participants than the dismissed study. Some professional have been silenced despite being highly reputable before they decided to voice their scientifically informed opinion of a disease that falls within their speciality. Once the vaccine came on scene we stopped hearing about medications that might be just as effective if not even more. And why is natural immunity still being disregarded?

    There is a bias and a double standard and criticism keeps getting buried or dismissed. The ones who dare question anything get censored if they can't be ridiculed. Various avenues for discussion and exploration have been closed and deemed psuedoscience or misinformation. The irony is we often say "follow the science" but we've muzzled so many scientists and academics whose opinion should hold weight if we truly believed that the science should be followed.

    In general, the nature of science and how it works has been misrepresented and misunderstood. The idea that scientists always agree is completely untrue. Quite often there are various theories and schools of thoughts within a chosen field. I don't think the general population understands that discourse is normal and welcomed within the scientific community. It's productive. In our normal life when people fight they may never speak to each other again but in academia disagreement allows newcomers to enter the area and explore the possibilities to find the truth.

    Instead of seeing healthy debates and discussion we have the media warping studies and misinterpreting them and presenting them as fact. In addition to this they are tainting their articles with emotions and opinions. In turn, people are not only reading articles for information they are being told what to think and feel. That is dangerous and wrong.

    I can ramble on about this but as I write I just remembered something I read last night that summarizes what I think the problem is.

    This is a quote from the book "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" written by Yuval Noah Harari

    "But it shouldn't surprise us. Even science itself has to rely on religious and ideological beliefs to justify and finance research.
    Modern culture has nevertheless been willing to embrace ignorance to a much greater degree than has any previous culture. One of the things that has made it possible for modern social orders to hold together is the spread of an almost religious belief in technology and in the methods of scientific research, which have replaced to some extent the belief in absolute truths."

    Many of us don't want to admit it but science has become a religion for some not in the sense that it is worshipped but many place an unwavering faith in science (akinned to the level we see in the pious) while forgetting the most important thing. We are all humans which means we are flawed. We can lie and decieve and some of us have an insatiable hunger for power. We are all capable of doing cruel things in the name of good or sometimes just for pleasure. Many understand how religion have harmed and killed millions throughout time but we don't seem to understand that we can still do that. The advent of medicine and technology didn't stop is from being barbarians. We are still very much capable and the only thing that keeps our savagery at bay is actually keeping each other in check by allowing the market of ideas to be free and accessible to all.

    Right now we have a power struggle going on and many are under the impression that they are on the winning side. They have no qualms with dismissing others and advocating for oppression because they cannot fathom that they are wrong. That they may one day be a target.

    Science have been hijacked and used as a weapon, our emotions and ego are the bullets. No one wants to be wrong. No one wants to be stupid so we pretend to know more than we do. The slightest skepticism from the cautious are seen as an affront.

    The worse thing is it's not even our ire. Someone benefits from keeping the masses ignorance. Someone benefits from keeping us turned against each other. I challenge anyone reading this to stop and question. The next time someone talks about vaccines and you feel rage or fear, ask why. Where did that feeling come from? Did you come by it honestly? Is it rational for you to feel and think the way you do? If you acted on your thoughts and emotions would that bring harm to society or would it help society? Why do you think that other person's opinion is wrong or dangerous and why should they not have the right to have their own thoughts and make their own decisions?

    There is a lot more that I can say on this but I'll be saving it for the survey when I see it. Just know by approaching unvaccinated with the premise that they are so because they are misinformed is wrong. It's offering a conclusion before seeing the evidence. Believe it or not multiple people can see the same information and come out with different conclusions. I think if the government is truly interested in helping people and understand they should stop trying to herd people into having the opinion they want them to have.

    TL;DR

    I'm unvaccinated because I'm skeptical of this vaccine. I'm weighing the benefit I could receive in the present from taking it against the risk of damage I could receive in the fitut if I take it. I haven't seen a good response to this line of thinking to change my mind.

    In addition, I think academic ajd scientific institutions have been corrupted in order to present a divisive narrative. That makes me even more skeptical of the intention behind the choices being met. If there were more transparency I would have probably made a difference decision. The vitriole I see unvaxxed people receive from the vaxxed encouraged by the media and our leaders further pushes me away from changing my mind. I don't want to be bullied into making a choice I don't support. I respect the decision others have made, I just want mine to be respected in turn.
    • @hmmm (16/09/2021, 14:42) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
      Well Said. Can the government please add this person to the advisory committee for Dr Georges so we can have a balance approach to dealing with our current situation. No more one sided agenda.
    • Gopher (17/09/2021, 03:48) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      Is there a vaccine against bloggers who spend too much time blogging without making a valid point?
  • akon (16/09/2021, 13:00) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Not satisfied with the word vaccine, please state the ingredients so i can decide.
  • officer (16/09/2021, 13:47) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    The dam.survey needs to.be done on children getting vacinated which is BS. Url done forcing people take vaccine why do a survey now which comes first the people or url.dumb world wide plans.
  • Mee (16/09/2021, 14:01) Like (4) Dislike (12) Reply
    @hmmm u too long .Tired reading.
  • Hmm (16/09/2021, 14:55) Like (2) Dislike (13) Reply
    Follow Antigua and make it mandatory. Why we renewing work permits to unvaccinated. No visitors should be coming in unvaccinated
  • Concern Virgin Islander (16/09/2021, 15:01) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Dear Hon. Malone and Mr Georges I will love for you to call a Town hall meeting or a series of meetings where you can present your information on why you want to vaxx our kids/Future and please come with all of the evidences to prove your points.
    Ps take into consideration that the cdc and public health uk can't seem to figure if to vaxx kids or not after so many kids been having adverse effects after taking the jab.
  • Fully Vaxx (16/09/2021, 15:06) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    www.ons.gov.uk
    Deaths by vaccination status,England-office for National Statistics

    Please Read and be informed our leaders are not being truthfull when it comes to these Vaxxes
  • ... (16/09/2021, 15:34) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    give prisoners and option to take the vaccine in return for a month or 2 off of their sentences...lifers still going do life but the ones coming out you know they would be protected
  • donkey year wait (16/09/2021, 15:49) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Zor paka compran. We doh want ur venomous vacviper.
  • Great Warning (16/09/2021, 15:55) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    Science is from Satan. Creation is from YAHWEH The Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth. U and ur antichrist thugs mess with ELOHIM'S creation, that includes Humans DNA like the fallen angels did in the days of Noah u will be destroyed by Elohim himself in the Day of His wrath. Read REVELATION.
  • Sensible head (16/09/2021, 18:03) Like (1) Dislike (10) Reply
    This is a global pandemic, it isn't a BVI issue, it isn't a Caribbean issue, it is a global pandemic - all countries of the world are having to make tough decisions to protect the health and welfare of their people and their economies.
    The BVI relies on the wider world for its economy, financial investment funds our public service, tourism creates local jobs for restaurants and hotels and bars, which in turn create demand for provisions (so farmers, shops, etc), cars, tours the list goes on.
    So this is not about personal choice, this is a global change, people need to stop thinking this is is about them, or about the BVI and look to the example of the wider world, where vaccination is mandatory in many places, that are rebuilding their economies.

    The choice seems to be join the world as a responsible adult, and get vaccinated, or lock the territory up, regress and live off the land, as the financial investment and the tourists will not continue if we don't progress.

    Please stop using this as a political or religious fight - The pope is encouraging vaccines!
    Protect our BVI for the future and get vaccinated.
    • @Sensible Head (20/09/2021, 14:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The pope is doing the devil's work. Like many politicians and socalled pastors who are wolves in sheep's clothing.
  • hgcccvkdlsl (16/09/2021, 18:14) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
  • .... (16/09/2021, 18:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    If a doctor or researcher says let me do independent research into Covid & the vaccines they will never get to publish as it will be defunded and censored

    I’m not comfortable with the amount of censorship and being fed obvious propaganda.

    I’m not comfortable with the thought of justifying global vaccination of the over hundred thousand year old human race with a medicine whipped up in under two years.

    From the time I heard bill gates say we’ve never vaccinated 8billion people before I decided it’s not a good idea & there’s not enough time or data to justify it.
  • No conspiracy just common sense (16/09/2021, 22:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Moderna and other vaccine producers are using CRISPR technology which deals with DNA enhancements, manipulation and gene suppression. They are calling it a breakthrough in genoengineering. Back in 2015 they were concerned about the ethics that surround DNA manipulation by using MRNA which is the protein carrier. They have perfected the technology to "fight" against COVID and now they are using it within the vaccine. This is on their website in plain English. Go ahead and have a look. Do a search. Last but not least why would anyone pay you to use something that cannot prevent the transmission or the contraction of the virus ....Governments are willing to put out millions to protect who? It's just unimaginable!!
  • resident (17/09/2021, 09:25) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    why are we not using drugs like ivermectin or hydrochloroquine to treat covid, india and japan have used ivermectin to great effect, dont listen to the media it is a nobel prize winning drug that was invented for human use and has also been used with animal like many other drugs
    • @ resident (17/09/2021, 17:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      They not looking for any potential cure
      Why do u think they spent over 40 million to create COVID

      The virus was definitely created to mandate such vaccine
      Soo that we can’t buy or sell except we receive the mark
      The said numbers in QR code .
  • Tell us (17/09/2021, 17:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Any employer out there who force their staff to take the vaccine is heartless they are not human beings they are practicing modern day slavery acting like god. Tell us why are people suffering in pain from the side effects of the vaccine and why are people who are fully vaccinated getting the virus and spreading it. Tell why are healthy people who are fully vaccinated getting blood clots tell us why are the vaccinated people still catching the virus and dieding from it. What sense does this make. I do not believe any survey or any thing the health offocals says anymore they are covering up a lot of things and someone will expose them very soon. This is wickedness against humanity.
  • Soo wait (17/09/2021, 17:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    CDC don’t know long term effect till 2023 but u know?


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