Misinformation And The COVID-19 Vaccine
By Treasure Mayowa
-How misinformation has affected the spread of COVID-19
-People’s opinion on the vaccines
-Fact-checking common misconceptions
False information about COVID-19 has become a common place since the advent of the pandemic.
From misinformation about the causes, symptom, cure, vaccine, and even the gravity of the virus.
The spreading of these misinformation have done a lot of harm than expected, as many fall victims to these misconceptions. According to a report, “in the year 2020, people were infected by the virus due to COVID-19 misinformation.” Till date, misinformation continues to be a major obstruction to the demise of COVID-19.
Various anti-vaccine groups are widely spread and are campaigning against vaccination. A lot of people tend to believe the negative about the vaccine.
This is because there is a general misconception that the vaccines are ineffective and have dangerous effects on people.
Many even question the stability and safety of the vaccine and these misinformation spread faster than wildfire.
The GFD Team went round to garner the public’s opinion about vaccine and a lot of people were discovered to be influenced by misinformation.
Joy said, “I am not taking the vaccine. I can’t trust this government to give us something free and is good for me. I know they want to use the vaccine to put microchip inside our body so they can finally control us.”
Tobiloba also said, “I can’t trust that COVID-19 vaccine. How am I sure that it will prevent the virus and not damage my body system? Since the pandemic started I have not gotten the virus so I don’t need the vaccine.”
“This COVID-19 vaccine is a scam. What I heard was that it alters the DNA. I can’t take a chance with it,” Benedict added.
“Well, I have taken the vaccine and I choose to hope for the best. If everybody can just agree to take this vaccine maybe we can successfully fight the Virus,” Tunde said.
Many organisations including social media platforms have made it priority to control and reduce the spread of COVID-19 misinformation. Various campaigns have been set up to create awareness against fake news about the pandemic.
Twitter has began suspending accounts of some individuals for spreading misinformation while Facebook has set up regulations that also penalize spreading false news about COVID-19.
In recent time, there has been increase in COVID-19 cases in the US among mostly unvaccinated people.
The vaccine is still effective against the new delta variant of the coronavirus until proved otherwise by the health experts.
Below are various misconceptions about the vaccine and the medical facts check:
“Vaccines Do Not Work”
They do. Several medical experts had tested the vaccine before releasing it for public use. The Vaccines have also passed through Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for test and approval before being administered on Nigerians.
These tests have shown that the vaccine is safe and effectively reduces chances of infections.
It was also noted globally that as more people got vaccinated, less cases of infected people were reported.
A report has also shown that majority of infected persons presently were not vaccinated.
It is true that the vaccine has side effect such as fatigue, e.t.c but it still remains effective in fighting the deadly coronavirus.
“Vaccines Contains Deadly Microchips”
They don’t. This is the most absurd Covid-19 vaccine myth I have come across. Come to think of it, there is no way a microchip will fit in the thin tip of the syringe used in vaccination.
This is the product of conspiracy theorists who believe the US government want to use the “chips” track and control anyone who takes the vaccine.
Also, neither US President Joe Biden nor Bill Gates pushed for the introduction of microchips into the vaccine, they are all wrong information.
“Vaccines Causes People to Have COVID-19”
They don’t. The Vaccines, as earlier stated, have been tested and worked on by health experts, these vaccines do not contain the coronavirus or any such COVID-19 causing ingredient.
However, it is noted that some of the vaccines require two doses, and it will take sometime after vaccination for the body to build immunity against the Virus.
It means it is possible for a vaccinated person to be infected if the body hasn’t had enough time to develop immunity.
“Magnets Stick On Your Arm After Getting Vaccine”
No, they don’t. Videos of people sticking magnets to their arms just after getting vaccine had been trending on major social media platform for a while. This isn’t true. The vaccines do not contain any metallic ingredient that could attract magnets.
The ingredients listed for Vaccines can be found online, nothing is hidden.
“Vaccines Alter The DNA”
They don’t. The COVID-19 vaccines don’t alter people’s DNA.
The available vaccines use different medical methods to instruct cells to build protection against the virus. But no genetic material enters the part of the cell that hosts DNA, according to health experts.
The vaccines only instruct to build proteins that increase the immunity of the body against the virus.
So go out there and get your vaccination! Don’t let misinformation get to you. Only trust vaccines fact from trusted health sources.
COVID-19 cases from vaccinated person is still a possibility, because none of the available vaccines have been found to be 100 percent effective in preventing symptomatic cases of COVID-19. Therefore, still follow COVID-19 safety protocols and stay safe.