The Department of Health urges people not to share videos on social media that spread unfounded theories based on people’sillnesses,implying vaccines are to blame for the diseases, thereby frightening others from getting vaccination.
In a statement, the department says it has noted with concern a video clip circulating on social media, portraying a man with what appears to be throat cancer, allegedly due to a COVID-19 vaccine.
The department said COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective for preventing hospitalisations and deaths.
“We therefore strongly discourage members of the public from using other people’s health conditions and life experiences to justify their own theories to object to this life-saving intervention,” the department stated.
According to the department, health issues would have occurred regardless of whether vaccinations were administered.
According to the Department, the most common causes of serious adverse events following vaccination are extremely rare.
It said a rare side effect of vaccination has a high success rate if detected in time.
The Department asks that anyone who has had an adverse reaction to immunization seek treatment as soon as possible at their nearest health facility or vaccination location.
People who experience any adverse reactions after immunization should promptly seek medical treatment at the nearest hospital or immunization site, the Department of Health states.
According to the department, people who experience any adverse reactions after immunization should promptly seek medical treatment at the nearest hospital or immunization site.
Each province and district has assigned people to investigate severe and serious adverse effects after inoculation, within 48 hours of the occurrence being identified or the health department being alerted. There is no time limit to reporting the occurrence, “added the department