This coming year will see mass vaccination campaigns worldwide.

Vaccines have been a hot topic on social media with armchair doctors and conspiracy theorists spreading theories like wildfire.

The Courier has set out to tackle a few common myths.

Here are the five most common vaccine-related myths, according to the South African Health Department:

1. Myth: Vaccines are unsafe and have been fast-tracked by not following typical safety protocols.

The fast development of vaccines is a result of an unprecedented eff ort from the worldwide scientific community in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The rate of advancement in vaccine technology mirrors that of other scientific developments in the 21st century and should be viewed as a significant feat rather than a cause for worry.

No step in the development, ratification or testing of the vaccine has been skipped, the process has just been streamlined following continued research.

2. Myth: The vaccine will change my DNA Vaccines work in the same way that a virus would in a controlled method, prompting the body to stimulate immune cells to fight the infection.

People may be worried that RNA technology has been used to create certain vaccines, but this has no bearing on human DNA once in the body.

3. Myth: Big businesses are pushing vaccines to improve profits and governments are complicit despite the risks.

No country has been able to completely escape the coronavirus in the past year and governments have had to turn to private vaccine manufacturers in order to secure timeous supply for their citizens.

The Government is committed to saving both lives and livelihoods and mass vaccinations are the quickest way to return to normalcy.

4. Myth: Vaccines contain a microchip that can be used to track and control individuals.

There is no microchip in vaccines and this is a baseless conspiracy theory with no discernible evidence.

Receiving a vaccine will not allow individuals to be tracked and their personal information will not go into a database to be used or sold.

5. Myth: Vaccines contain the mark of the beast – 666.

Vaccines have no connections with any religious organisations and cannot be infused with any spirits, demons or other abstract ingredients.

There is no conspiracy to possess or control any individuals.

To get a sense of our community’s stance on the coronavirus vaccine we held a poll on The North Coast Courier Facebook page and interviewed residents in the street.

Respondents were overwhelmingly distrustful of the vaccine.

Asked whether or not they would take the vaccine, of 195 replies, 60% said no and 40% said yes.

Mzimase Cele, 26: I would take it if I saw our politicians take it first.

 

Jane McDonald Nortje: Absolutely. I get the flu jab every year! We all got vaccinated against smallpox and polio. This is no different.

 

Ishara Dasruth: Yes. I’m a chronic patient and the vaccine will increase my immunity.

 

Ruan Joey Haywood: No. I don’t trust our government to effectively roll it out

 

East Coast Radio deejay Darren Maule: Yes. Because population immunity is the only chance of beating this pandemic. This is not my first vaccine.

 

Sbo Shezi responds: No, because manufacturers of these vaccines won’t be held liable for any damage caused by their products

 

Adriel Kallitheen of Tongaat: Yes. I work off shore so I have to take the vaccine. I don’t think it will hurt me.

 

Tish Van Zijl: Yes. I have no doubt that all the relevant safety procedures have been followed. I decided to take the risk as I have underlying conditions.

What are your thoughts? Send us a short video clip of you sharing your thoughts on the Covid-19 vaccine by WhatsApping it through to 061 718 4438.





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