While many people in New Zealand have jumped at the chance to get vaccinated for Covid 19, this is not the case for everyone – some people are hesitant to ask family members to get vaccinated.
Many spoke to the RNZ in anonymity about the hardships and failures facing their families.
For the most part, their family members are reluctant to get vaccinated, instead of being anti-vaccinated, but the discussion often ends on arguments.
Mary said her grandmother was hesitant and she had made things weird.
“She says she’s old and these things don’t matter to her anymore,” Mary said.
“But my mother, [who is a] The nurse insists that she gets the vaccine for the benefit of the family and everyone. “
She said her grandmother would call her, saying her mother was “bullying her in her view” while trying to persuade her to get vaccinated.
“It’s not great.”
Mary was worried about what would happen to her grandmother, who had basic health conditions, if she contracted Covid 19.
“It would be really sad if he got it and something bad happened to him.”
Ruby *, who is pregnant, had a similar situation with her grandparents.
He said his reluctance was due to the fact that the vaccine had not been properly tested.
Evidence suggests that the Pfizer brand vaccine given in Atyrau New Zealand was 95% effective after both doses.
Prior to receiving full approval from MedSafe, it was kept to the same standards and requirements as all vaccines.
Ruby said her grandmother was asked to be vaccinated when another member of the family recently gave birth but refused.
“Then when I met him he was just like, ‘Oh, but you’re going to let me see your baby, aren’t you?’ And I was like, ‘Well, no,’ “Ruby said.
Things were now at a point where his family would “try to make him laugh because it sounds so ridiculous.”
Ann * was worried that her “young, educated” sister was becoming an anti-vaccinator.
Her sister was “not really the person you envisioned to be an anti-wax” but now she has said some “unusual” things.
Sometimes Anne would get “really crazy” about her sister because it seemed so unreasonable and selfish “and she was” scared to think what could happen to her “.
“There are other members of our family who will literally die if caught. [Covid-19]. “
Tom * said his brother was reluctant to openly vaccinate and, like Ann’s sister, began questioning things when he was isolated and spent a lot of time online.
They are both worried about how easily their siblings were misled.
Tom said his family originally bought things from a grain of salt, but that had changed.
“We ignore it instead of engaging in conversation,” he said.
“It’s very frustrating.”
Tom said he and his brother have always had a very open and honest conversation.
“It’s something I’ve given up trying to talk to.”
Clinical immunologist Dr. Maya Brewerton said that reluctance to vaccinate is not tantamount to antiviral, which she has labeled a very small group that will probably not change their position.
But he believed that most people’s views could be changed.
Brewerton, who is part of the government’s Strategic Quad 19 Public Health Advisory Group, said he saw three common reasons why people are reluctant: fear of injections and needles, unanswered questions, or lack of confidence in the health system.
“If people are hesitant, it’s best to share your experiences with the facts, instead of bombarding them,” Brewerton said.
He said it was important for them to feel that their concerns were being heard, rather than for everyone to become defensive and fight for the right.
“I don’t want anyone who is feeling uncertain about the vaccine to feel attacked,” Brewerton said.
“Disgusted people often heard horrible things and were coming from places of fear and safety,” he said.
This meant that they had the opportunity to ask questions and answer them with good information.
Brewerton was “really open” with his patients about the fact that there were “small risks” with the vaccine – “although it is very safe”.
“But it is also helpful to say that we need to recognize the dangers of this virus, which is not going anywhere.”
“It’s important to note that no one is being forced to take the vaccine,” Brewerton said.
She also wanted people to remember that it is good for everyone if more people are vaccinated.
* Names have been changed to protect the identities of those who talk about their families.