Alaska’s Department of Health is partnering with the University of Alaska to give healthcare workers tips on how to promote “vaccine confidence” while learning how to combat so-called “health misinformation.”
A notice about the online training sessions doesn’t specify what “health misinformation” entails, but the term has been widely used by the CDC and other governmental agencies that are frustrated by the fact that many healthcare providers, along with millions of Americans, are leery of experimental Covid shots that have resulted in widespread adverse reactions, including death.
According to an announcement for the new course, participants will gain a free continuing educational credit from UAA, while gaining “knowledge and skills to promote vaccine confidence in their practice setting and communities, as well as identify, manage, and respond to health misinformation.”
The course is part of a larger effort on behalf of the state to pressure Alaskans into getting the Covid jab and other shots as residents head into the heart of winter.
Earlier this month the Alaska Public Health Alert Network unleashing a pre-Christmas pro-jab campaign – imploring healthcare providers to follow new CDC recommendations aimed at combating low vaccination rates and increasing the percentage of Alaskans who submit to Covid, influenza and RSV shots.
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As of Dec. 12, just 13.4% of Alaskans over the age of six months had submitted to the latest rendition of the Covid shot. The state, however, wants everyone to get jabbed, unless they have contraindications.
Nationally, the CDC reports that just 7.7% of children six months to 17 years have received the new Covid shot, and only 17.2% of those 18 and older have the jab. Pregnant women are particularly reticent, with just 9.6% agreeing to take the shot.
With regards to the flu shot, only 18.5% of Alaskans have agreed to get it this year. That’s significantly lower than the 21.2% from two years ago.
When it comes to the RSV vaccination, 9% of Alaskans over 60 have taken the shot, compared to nearly 16% nationwide.