Many Iraqis don’t trust Covid19 vaccine
Only about 17% of Iraqis are fully vaccinated against COVID even though the country has enough vaccine doses for anyone who wants them. The vaccination rate is far below the global average of 54% and a far cry from the World Health Organization’s goal of getting at least 70% of residents of every country fully vaccinated by the end of June. Iraqi government health workers are now trying to build confidence around the vaccine and get more people vaccinated.
Dr. Haider Salman, a physician who works for the Iraqi Ministry of Health in the southern city of Basra, says part of the problem in rolling out a new vaccine is that Iraqis are reflexively skeptical of any program from the government.