The international news agency Associated Press (AP) made a report that praised the feverish work of the corona virus vaccine persuasion teams in Turkey by traveling from village to village. In the news, it was stated that the persuasion teams successfully convinced people living in remote corners of Turkey and were worried about vaccines, and then, thousands of people in Turkey were vaccinated. However, while vaccines are seen as the only way to end the pandemic, 15 percent of the population in Turkey has been fully vaccinated so far.
The reporters of the AP reported on the successful work done by the vaccine persuasion teams in Mardin, located in the southeast of Turkey. The report said that Medine Ereli, one of the residents of the city, called out to a team of healthcare workers walking along the cobblestone main street of the city and that her 59-year-old husband refused to be vaccinated. Then, the doctor and nurse, who listened to Ereli’s complaint, went to meet with Enver Ereli, who was on duty as a cleaning worker in the municipality.
Dr. Ayşegül Duyan and nurse Meltem Gülcan are working as part of Turkey’s “vaccine persuasion” teams, a new initiative aimed at promoting vaccination against corona virus among the country’s most vulnerable population. Their job is to convince people who fall into the age groups appropriate for the vaccine, but who have been reluctant to get their vaccinations so far.
At the beginning of the vaccination program, Dr. “They soon realized that this was not the case. They are mostly worried because of the rumors that the vaccine may cause paralysis,” he said in a statement to the AP.
In addition, mobile vaccination teams equipped with coolers carrying vaccine bottles have been operating in various provinces of Turkey since April. In this way, more healthcare professionals reach out to people by phone to change their minds. Then he gets his vaccinations.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that 84 percent of the population aged 65 and over, who are eligible for vaccination so far, have been vaccinated with Covid-19. The government aims to increase this figure to over 90 percent.
The team in Mardin persuaded Ereli to be vaccinated, and the nurse gave him the first dose of vaccine while sitting in a nearby stool.
Ereli said, “I was afraid of getting sick and paralyzed. But then the medical teams told me it was for my benefit and I believed them and I was vaccinated ”.
On the other hand, it was reported that this was the first successful effort of the day in Mardin, a culturally and historically rich city in southern Turkey, overlooking Mesopotamia and the Syrian border. According to the provincial health director, the efforts of the vaccine persuasion teams resulted in the vaccination of about 8,000 people in Mardin alone.
As part of the vaccine persuasion team, Dr. Saffet Yavuz said, “No matter where they are from village to village, door to door, we go and talk to them face to face or on the phone and we convince them.”
75-year-old Sare Öncel, who lives in Gökçe village, about 30 kilometers from the center of Mardin, was among the people who were hesitant about vaccination. “Everyone was saying that if I got the vaccine I would be paralyzed and I would die. So I refused. But the government sent us the doctors and they talked to us and I got vaccinated,” he said.
On the other hand, according to the latest data, it has vaccinated about 15 percent of Turkey’s 83 million population. The first dose of vaccine was given to more than 16 million people.
On the other hand, last week the number of daily Covid-19 infections in Turkey fell below 10,000 for the first time since March 1, after reaching a record level with more than 63,000 daily cases in mid-April.