As Canadians long for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic and a time when they can embrace their elderly loved ones again or meet in large crowds without risk of illness, others are pinning their hopes on unparalleled global attempts to create a virus vaccine. Because of that, COVID-19 vaccine has re-energized anti-vaccination organizations.
Even while most infectious disease researchers suggest the earliest practicable timeline will be at least a year or two out, anti-vaccination activists are now deep into online and social media efforts that fan concerns regarding a coronavirus vaccine’s efficacy — and even challenge the need.
“I’m just shocked by how early the anti-vaccination movement started,” Dr Natasha Crowcroft, a vaccination specialist by Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, said in an interview with CBC’s The Dose Health show.
“We really face a big, big challenge,” Crowcroft told podcast host Dr. Brian Goldman.
“So until our leaders in public health will create a lot of trust, it’ll be very, very challenging.”
That’s since anti-vaccination advocates have been incredibly savvy communicators who “seem to be far smarter” than public health authorities at reaching out to a number of individuals of diverse agendas — from some that mistrust pharmaceutical firms to others who oppose lockdowns on public safety aimed at curbing coronavirus transmission, Crowcroft said.
Anti-vaccination activists in both Canada and the U.S. are portraying themselves. As supporters of what they call “economic rights” and “natural preference” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic . They are sharing material online and on social media. That not only opposes vaccination but also campaigns against business closing, physical distance requirements and mask wearing.
Vaccine Choice Canada — one of the country’s most influential anti-vaccination groups. It declared in a letter posted on its website on May 13. That it was “launching legal proceedings against the Government of Canada and others for violating our rights and freedoms. During the COVID-19 outbreak.’