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Debunking myths surrounding the COVID–19 Vaccine.

 

South Africa (28 May 2021) – Getting your COVID-19 vaccine will save your life or prevent you from becoming extremely sick. It will also minimize your chances of being sick and infecting others dramatically. It is critical to get both doses of your immunization when given.

However, conspiracy theories and misleading reports concerning the COVID-19 vaccinations have proliferated. Not only in South Africa but on a worldwide scale, many anti-vaccine groups spread dangerous and unchecked statements that mislead a larger public.

This situation is dangerous since it may cause an uninformed individual to reject the opportunity to receive a vaccine, slowing even further the definitive eradication of COVID-19. As part of its Behavioural Change Communication Campaign, the Solidarity Fund includes messaging to encourage people, most notably those aged 60 and above, to register for the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to one myth, live viruses are injected into the body and people might die as a result of vaccination.

Another claim is that the immunizations induce infertility or other adverse effects that are worse than the virus itself.

Other conspiracy theories claim that vaccinations contain toxins that modify DNA in order to diminish Africa’s population. They further say that vaccinations are a cover for implanting detectable microchips and that Microsoft founder Bill Gates and the US government are involved.

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Many vaccine safety misconceptions may be traced back to anti-vaccine campaigners who exploited social media to spread erroneous details about the COVID vaccinations.

Some people conclude that they need no vaccine because they have previously contracted the virus.

Since re-infection is possible and with new strains emerging, having COVID-19 might cause severe health risks even if it’s your second time. Thus, having the vaccine could prevent this and also provide a great number of benefits. “A fighting chances.”

One major myth holds that viruses are injected into the body and people might die as a result of vaccination. Another claim is that the immunizations induce infertility or other adverse effects that are worse than the virus itself. Other conspiracy theories claim that the vaccinations contain toxins that modify DNA in order to diminish South Africa’s population.

Persons living with HIV, regardless of immune status, should not be omitted from COVID-19 vaccine access plans, and nations should consider incorporating people living with HIV as a priority group for COVID-19 immunization based on their epidemiological setting.

Studies showed that the two first vaccines are around 95% effective without having dangerous side effects.

For the case of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the method of creation was in the making for years, providing a head start for these vaccines.

Regular procedural steps (of vaccines manufacturing) were not skipped and social media and mainstream media played a vital role in helping to get a greater number of test candidates in a shorter time than has been the norm.

Paying attention to reliable sources of information, in a pandemic, can save lives.

For more information on the benefits and facts about the COVID-19 vaccine, please check out the Solidarity Fund by clicking here.

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