Sumary of Shift in attitude to COVID-19 vaccine:
- Callum GoddeAAPCamera IconIslamic Council of Victoria president Adel Salman notes improved attitude towards COVID vaccination.
- Credit: AAPShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail UsCopy the LinkWhere COVID-19 is spreading the fastest in suburban Melbourne, misinformation and vaccine hesitancy have also taken hold.
- But a long campaign by medical experts and local leaders has started to shift attitudes.
- The Islamic Council of Victoria has been running online vaccine information seminars for months, giving hundreds of people the chance to have their questions answered by health professionals.
- Council president Adel Salman says he has noticed a change in recent weeks among the state’s Muslim community, towards getting a jab.
- Greater Dandenong isn’t faring much better at 27.9 per cent, the third-worst coverage of any Victorian LGA.
- “There’s a lot of rumours about the vaccines and even I was a bit nervous three days ago,” he told AAP.
- But Western Health staff and a recent Zoom session with local leaders eased his vaccine concerns.