Why the corona crisis did not eradicate antivax sentiments

Copyright Joost Termeer

Frederike has difficulty with the idea that she’ll have to have something injected into her healthy child which has a slight chance of affecting him. Even if it’s just convulsions, or perhaps a very rare but more serious side effect. This is why she got the newly introduced shot against whooping cough halfway through the pregnancy, saving him one shot later on.

Steady decline

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This article was first published in Dutch newspaper Volkskrant. Translation by Nicolette Marié. Frederike, Peter and Tim are fictitious names given upon request. Their real names are known to the editorial staff.

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