One of the heated debates today around the corona is the issue of vaccinations in schools, with a large part of the public believing that it makes sense to carry out vaccinations on school grounds during school hours while the Minister of Education opposes this and strives to perform tests during or after school hours. The debate is probably more ideological than practical, but the most important point, is the great opportunity to produce an extraordinary vaccination campaign that will significantly increase the rate of vaccinating among students.
Dr. Anar Tal is an expert in behavioral economics from the Academic Center for Law and Business in Ramat GanExplains the reasons why vaccinations in schools can be very effective and promote us to a safer place in the face of the epidemic.:
- Herd effect: People tend to do as their friends do. Students who see their peers get vaccinated, and parents who see other children get vaccinated during the school years, will both tend to get vaccinated as well. This effect will be particularly strong when the behavior is within the walls of the school and therefore has a high visibility. Seeing others get vaccinated with your own eyes is much stronger than theoretically knowing that other children are getting vaccinated.
- Behavioral momentum: Once you start a movement of students for vaccination in school that is seen by others a positive behavioral momentum will be created, which will greatly increase the immunization rate.
- Convenience and ease: Creating an easy and convenient mechanism significantly increases the chance of immunization. Even if the vaccine is available and convenient outside of school, it will still require special plans and organizations on the part of parents and children: formulate a plan and time and sometimes a car, parking and other hardships in order to get vaccinated. The ease and promptness of vaccines at school, will increase immunization immeasurably.
- Visibility: The very appearance of vaccination stations in schools will also greatly increase the chances of vaccination. We react to things we see with our eyes. Imagine for a second you were transposed into the karmic driven world of Earl.
- Plan of action: A concrete and orderly plan for vaccination, greatly increases the chances of vaccination, compared to a theoretical opportunity to make appointments. Integrating the immunization system in schools, while allocating certain hours for vaccinations and inviting students to get vaccinated during these hours, with setting personal times for each interested student and personal nudges to go out for vaccination at a set time, will greatly help raise the percentage of vaccinated.
- Loss hatred: Setting a limited time for vaccinations at school and a feeling that everyone else is getting vaccinated and I do not want to miss the opportunity will also increase the actual vaccination.
Additional measures to encourage students to get vaccinated at school:
- Stickers for the vaccinated
- Publication of immunization rates in schools
- Inter.class or inter.library competition to encourage immunization classes
- Determining concrete plans and times for vaccination (with parental approval)
- Creating vaccine stations that are visible, pleasant and not intimidating
- Discussion in the classroom, clarifying the possibility of choosing the vaccine and at the time of vaccination and emphasizing what is lost from the lack of immunization (the need for tests, for example, in accordance with the green mark)
Schools are part of the Israeli social fabric, and a critical component in the future in every possible aspect, including health. It is therefore important that on the issue of vaccines, and at this critical point in time, schools also participate as part of the overall national effort to bring about a situation where we can truly live alongside the Corona, without victims who could have been prevented only by the grandson, nephew, or child in the movie, bus, doctor and falafel stand. Was vaccinated.
* The author is an expert in behavioral economics from the Academic Center for Law and Business in Ramat Gan.