Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
4. The success of India’s COVID-19 vaccine policy is pertinent on how well it overcomes the vaccine hesitancy among the masses. Analyse and suggest steps that the government can take to address vaccine hesitancy in India. (250 words)
Reference: The Hindu
Why the question:
With a vaccine in sight, India now faces the issue of the fear of vaccine itself among the people. This article talks about it and gives a few steps to address it.
Key Demand of the question:
To identify how vaccine hesitancy can hinder the fight against SARS-COV2 and the steps needeed to overcome it.
Analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.
Structure of the answer:
Define Vaccine hesitancy and how India faces a challenge in addressing owing to its large population and diversity.
start the body by identifying possible causes of vaccine hesitancy among the masses like misinformation, complacency, lack of confidence etc.
In the next part, bring out how vaccine hesitancy and the fear of vaccine itself will impact our country’s fight against COVID-19 and undo the progress so far.
In the final part, mention steps that the government can take to overcome vaccine hesitancy like confidence building of masses, bringing in transparency on the vaccine-policy and any potential side effects, consulting states and taking them in confidence and steps to prevent misinformation etc.
Talk about other steps needed apart from overcoming vaccine hesitancy in order to make the COVID-19 vaccine policy successful.