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'Misinformation' and fear of needles is still stopping people getting the Covid vaccine three years on

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There are a number of people that still won’t get the Covid vaccine due to a fear of needles, it is believed. As councillors were briefed on the plan for the autumn vaccine programme to protect Wiganers from Covid-19, it was revealed there is still hesitancy in the area about getting the jab.

During previous rollouts there have been people nervous or unwilling to get the jab which provides better immunity against the virus that was the cause of a global pandemic back in 2020.

The Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee were told this hesitancy was expected when 131,000 eligible people in the borough come to get the booster this autumn. Read more: Thug sticks his middle finger up and storms off in court outburst as he's jailed for mowing down love rival in BMW Read more: Police CCTV appeal after man seriously injured in 'shocking' town centre attack Coun Ron Conway asked if a number could be put on the amount of people that turned down the vaccine due to fear of needles and the side effects of the jab itself.

In response, a council officer from the team behind the rollout said: “Can’t put a percentage on it, but from when we did the mass (vaccination rollout) there was definitely hesitancy from individuals.” Coun Michael McLoughlin weighed in on the debate by condemning the ‘misinformation’ spread around about the side effects of the vaccine that is putting people off getting a vaccine that could be beneficial for their health.

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