A steady stream of people arrived at the International Trade Center in Regina on Wednesday.
Some lined up for booster shots, others for a third injection to ease travel while restrictions still existed, and others for their first shot of the vaccine.
As we fight the fourth wave of COVID-19, political leaders continue to urge those who hesitate to vaccinate to get vaccinated.
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Over the past 30 days, the total number of fully vaccinated people in Saskatchewan increased by 7%.
Current COVID-19 restrictions and health measures appear to be working, but vaccination rates could be higher in Saskatchewan.
Some political experts say that for the numbers to continue to rise, reliable communication from leaders within the community is key to vaccinating more unvaccinated population.
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Pamela Downe, professor of medical anthropology at the University of Saskatchewan, says: “When leaders are inserted and accepted as a central part of society, they can make all kinds of changes and influential moments forward.”
“When that leader, when that person that people trust starts to model the ways that we can get out of the pandemic, or recover from a natural disaster, or whatever the occasion, you can definitely see that trickle-effect. down “.
At this point in the pandemic, that could be difficult in Saskatchewan.
An Angus-Reid poll of Canadian leaders shows that Saskatchewan Prime Minister Scott Moe’s approval rating has dropped to 43%, an 18-point drop since June 2021.
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Kim Coates, professor of public policy at the University of Saskatchewan, says: “What you’re really seeing in general is just a natural burnout with the government. How many directives can we take? How many guarantees can we receive? How many times can we adjust our own behavior? Can we enter the confinement (and) get out of the confinement? “
Political experts believe that when leaders inspire and motivate people to view any phenomenon in a different way, then they will see gradual change in the community, and it is by gaining the trust of people who doubt vaccines that they will change the way. collective mentality that could bring more people to vaccination centers throughout the province.
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