Focus groups will be done to find out what Trinbagonians think about vaccines.
Speaking at Saturday’s Health Ministry media briefing, Minister Terrence Deyalsingh says the “anti-vaxxer” conversation is alive.
He notes that this was even seen in a recent “man-on-the-street” interview done by a local daily newspaper, where persons retold conspiracy stories born out of the US, in which a chip has been placed in the vaccine, in order for the government to track its citizens. Deyalsingh said “that is total scientific hogwash.
As such, Mr Deyalsingh says the focus groups will look into three specific areas which will then guide public education campaigns.
He said it is important they determine what they public is thinking, where are they getting their messaging from and who are they looking up to as opinion leaders.
Deyalsingh said “It’s when we understand that, and we hope to have that completed by the middle of January, then we will tailor our messaging to suit.”