“I have no trust in anything that this State brings us. Since these vaccines were brought by the state, then I do not trust it,” Ali (not his real name), a 36-year-old health worker at the Rabta hospital in downtown Tunis told Meshkal/Nawaat.

Ali is not the only health worker who is skeptical of the vaccine. Only about 20,000 to 25,000 out of Tunisia’s 40,000 frontline health workers registered for a vaccination as of the beginning of April, according to Ines Ayadi, an advisor to the Minister of Health and a member of Tunisia’s official Vaccination Committee, speaking on the Carthage+ TV channel. Ayadi added that about 40 to 60 percent of doctors don’t want to be vaccinated, and authorities made a political decision not to obligate health workers to receive vaccinations.