Cape Town – The Western Cape Department of Health calls on the public to be responsible when sharing messages and information regarding the vaccine and the government’s immunization process.
With concern over the long-awaited rise in vaccines, the Western Cape Department of Health has resorted to sharing positive personal stories about vaccines in hopes of calming the public.
Western Cape Health Department spokesperson Shimoney Regter said: “Vaccines have been developed to save lives by reducing the risk of disease. The development of vaccines dates back hundreds of years with immunizations against infectious diseases.
“Misinformation or fake news can lead to vaccine hesitancy, which has the ability to reverse progress in the fight against vaccine-preventable diseases,” Regter added.
Fourth-year medical student Glen Thatcher said: “You can’t calculate how many lives have been saved with vaccines or how many deaths have been prevented and how much money has been saved. It is important to ask questions. But when we spread lies, we will step back and extend the time we are stranded.
“We have to remember that the Covid-19 vaccines have been tested. Even when they failed, they had to go back to the drawing board to try again. The vaccine will not eradicate Covid-19 overnight. The bottom line is that a vaccine can save your life. It doesn’t guarantee that you won’t get the virus, but a vaccine can guarantee that if you catch it, it will be mild, ”Thatcher said.
According to the World Health Organization, vaccination is one of the most cost-effective ways to prevent disease. It currently prevents 2-3 million deaths per year and an additional 1.5 million could be avoided if global immunization coverage improves.
Third-year nursing student Nokubona Ngeyi said, “Do not broadcast information that is not true. We scare people with false information and some people are now afraid of getting the vaccine because of what they have heard.
“Some are afraid because they don’t know enough yet and we need to talk about it. Our opinions matter and they can either scare people or help them. For my part, I will take the vaccine.