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Myths and Misconception over Covid-19 Vaccination affecting the campaign to increase vaccination uptake

Health Myths and Misconception over Covid-19 Vaccination affecting the campaign to increase vaccination...

Public health specialist Dr. Christopher Dube says myths and misconception over Covid-19 Vaccination being peddled on social media have negatively affected the campaign to increase vaccination uptake.

The Ministry of Health is currently implementing a Covid-19 Vaccination campaign aimed at ensuring that 2 million Zambians are fully vaccinated by 25 December 2021.

Dr. Dube from Ndola District Health Office said even some health workers were resisting Covid-19 vaccination because of myths and misconception.

He said the Ministry of Health in Ndola is now engaging stakeholders such as councilors, chiefs and the clergy in a bid to encourage more people to get the Covid-19 vaccination.

Dr. Dube announced that the Ndola Health Office will next week launch the door to door campaign and visit some campaigns to encourage more people to get vaccinated.

Speaking on a Radio Icengelo Programme on Friday, Dr. Dube emphasised that people who have been vaccinated are less likely to die from Covid-19.

“Myths and misconceptions have been the major challenge that has caused what we would call vaccine hesitancy. So we have our public health unit and I think they are trying to do their best to ensure that we have sensitization activities on Covid-19 vaccination. We have also come up with one-on-one focus group discussion for those who have serious questions on vaccination,” Dr. Dube said.

“This challenge initially was not just for the community out there, even for health workers we have had challenges and it’s only now that we have seen a lot of our health workers getting vaccinated. At least we are now over 90 % vaccinated as health workers,” he said.

“This social media information is everywhere. Social media has really dealt a bad blow to the campaign on vaccination. If you talk about myths others are religious. I think the major issue has been the issue of knowledge just like the Bible says ‘my people perish for lack of knowledge’ so knowledge on Covid-19 vaccinations is something that needs to be out there,” Dr. Dube said.

Meanwhile, the Ndola District Health Office is expecting to vaccinate 83,000 people by Christmas.

Ndola has 34 public health facilities where vaccines are being administered.

16 COMMENTS

  1. True, it’s better to engage the masses and answer certain questions that have risen.
    Such as:
    1. If the protection is certain, then why are there reports in other countries that the Vâccîñâtêd death rate is higher than the unvaccinated?
    2. What are the ingredients in the vaccine?
    3. How strong will the natural immunity remain after exposing the system to the vaccine and maybe later to booster shots like in other countries?
    4. What guarantee does a citizen have that they will not respond negative to the vaccine?
    5. Has the government done any study on a specific population to see how the side effects will be even after years?

    There is fear, fear because even those in the forefront don’t know what comes next.

    But if one was to be allowed to choose to die of Covid rather than…

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  2. Why should we listen to their media propaganda when history tells us that black people have always been used in vaccine experiments? We have proof of this, Polio, HIV, Ebola, Syphilis and now they want to change the narrative that COVID-19 mutations are from Africa. So what happened to the myths that black people were susceptible to this virus? Europe is working hard to see death on our continent. The scramble for Africa part 2 is not a myth, they had plenty of time to plan it. If they are serious about vaccinations then why can’t they allow us to produce our own? It was Africa that discovered the mutations of COVID-19 first and shared the technology with Europe. Why should we be reduced to beggars all the time?

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  3. We have the right to be sceptical and people should have a choice. We know that high incidents of heart inflammatory conditions caused by these vaccines have been reported but suppressed. How do we know what they are injecting us if we don’t have the capabilities to check and test the samples of the content in these vaccines? Some leading doctors and politicians who questioned these vaccines died in mysterious circumstances. Why should we listen? Africa has every right to question anything that comes from Europe because of their mischievous behaviour still going on even at this very moment.

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  4. SOME WHITE PEOPLE ARE A LOT WORSE THAN BLACK PEOPLE IN MYTHS AND CONSPRACIES
    HIV IS ONE EXAMPLE
    SO FOR NOW LETS LEAVE COLOUR OUT OF IT
    DONT TAKE THE VACCINES NO ONE IS FORCING YOU
    JUST PRAY TO YOUR CARING GOD WHICH IS RAMMED DOWN OUT THROAT ALL THE TIME
    GOOD LUCK

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  5. Why should we be reduced to beggars all the time?
    THATS BECAUSE YOU WANT SELF ENRICHMENT ALL THE TIME ABOVE THE NEEDS OF THE COUNTRY
    GET USED TO IT !!
    YOU STILL HAVE ATLEAST 50 YEAR$S TO GO

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  6. A lack of detailed information has also contributed to many people to shun vaccines. Even you local scientists haven’t done anything except repeat foreign mantras like stupefied followers. The vaccine certificate doesn’t show the expiry date but most European countries recognize it for 1 year, so how long does the vaccine remain potent? Are you going to inoculate us every year? Are vaccines interchangeable? Can you include that in the info you share with people?

  7. Just give it to your Mother iwe Christopher Dube. If she doesn’t die within 2 years then we’ll take it. Bill Gates said it that they want to reduce the population, so let her be the example.

  8. Dr. Dube needs to know that we have been living with this virus for almost 2 years now and we have had enough time to do our research and make our personal conclusions on the matter, so this has little to do with myths or misconceptions.
    Information on the vaccine has been available and it’s just up to each person to decide whether or not they want to get it. It is simply an individual right that needs to be respected. The problem arises when force and pressure is being used by authority to compel people to get vaccinated – to the extent of even making it mandatory. The natural reaction is that people will get suspicious and start to resist.

  9. Exactly why we need home grown scientists! Otherwise, our people will always be at the mercy of foreign chemestry. Our education institutions need saturating with funding right from early years. Every child you educate, is your possible future saviour; as opposed to erecting costly mansions for the benefit of one family…!! Such wasteful short term plans – It doesn’t make sense!

    #plant a tree now please!

  10. The last few months have been very insightful. While the Covid numbers in highly vaccinated Countries are spiralling, those in very lowlt vaccinated Countries near zero at most times. Zambia is a case in point

  11. The people FORCING us to take the vaccines are the same people FORCING us to accept their homosexual agenda. And we should take advice from this group of shameless irreligious self-professed beurocrats???

    Its like going for Bible study where the priest is a commercial lap dancer.

  12. Another piece of advice to Dr. Dube: if you have to quote the Bible, then please do it as a whole and don’t just pick one verse to suit your notion because the same Bible tells us to “prove all things and to hold fast to that which is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 21.

  13. Zambians let’s inform each other silently. We can read and find out things for ourselves as it affects our bodies and lives. In UK (here) the vaccinated are flooding to Hospitals and are dying but the authorities are hiding the information. Unfortunately the people working in these institutions are part of us. We know the truth. These are NOT vaccines but Bio-weapons aimed at the population in general MORE Africa for its resources. There is even a leaked video confirming this. Our politicians and especially presidents have to toe the line and sacrifice their people otherwise Magufuli’s and Haitian presidents will be their fate. Let’s pray for for the President for God to hold his hand.
    When praying, pray to THE CREATOR and NOT through Cesare Borgia. Please check that our and see how…

  14. Viruses have no remedy. They can only be mitigated. Tell the people please. Vaccines or booster shots — as they should be called permanently — will basically reduce incidents of serious illness when you do get hit. I don’t know why there has been so much obfuscation even from professionals. I suspect it’s the big bucks involved. Iyeee mama — naleka angakugwile a ujeni.

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