Mohamed Saeed
2 minute read
21 Apr 2021
06:34

Letters | Health Dept must use social media to convey vaccination messages

Mohamed Saeed

As Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that online registration was open for phase two of the country’s Covid-19 vaccine roll-out, anti-vaxxers increased their conspiracy theories on the vaccines.

LETTER:


As Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that online registration was open for phase two of the country’s Covid-19 vaccine roll-out, anti-vaxxers increased their conspiracy theories on the vaccines.

The battle between facts and conspiracies around the safety of Covid-19 vaccines has intensified.

There is a long history of opposition to vaccination. I recall when my children were born, friends used to advise against childhood vaccinations.

The aim of any vaccination is to prevent ongoing transmission, prevent illness and death, and to achieve herd immunity.

Now is the time to confront vaccine misinformation on social media in order to dispel myths as lives are at stake.

It is time to create herd immunity as Covid-19 has given rise to a lot of unanswered questions to deal with in the future, and that includes the psychological impact on humans, especially children.

Actions are driven by emotions and not rational thinking.

Therefore, a more transparent and comprehensive interaction with citizens may help our rainbow nation to accept the Covid-19 vaccine over the choice of non-vaccination.

Anti-vaxxers use social media as a leading tool to search for and spread information.

Actions are driven by emotions and not rational thinking. Therefore, a more transparent and comprehensive interaction with citizens may help our rainbow nation to accept the Covid-19 vaccine over the choice of non-vaccination.
Anti-vaxxers use social media as a leading tool to search for and spread information.
Mohamed Saeed

Therefore, the Department of Health should consider using effective communication mechanisms in line with the times to reach the masses.

When people resolve not to be jabbed as a matter of personal choice or half-truths, they place themselves and others at risk of the virus.

MOHAMED SAEED

Pietermaritzburg

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