Don't rely on gossip! Misinformation surrounding COVID-19 continues to undermine confidence and vaccination efforts aimed at ending the pandemic.
30 June 2022
- Covid-19 Response
However, the challenge and reluctance to vaccines is more a problem of the community and the false words being circulated and has little to do with the vaccines themselves. In this light, the epidemiological and social crises caused by COVID-19 have magnified widespread social anxiety and trust issues that, in the unique circumstances of this global pandemic, have exacerbated vaccine skepticism. Trust is key to overcoming vaccine hesitancy, especially in a context of widespread social uncertainty caused by the pandemic, where feelings and thoughts can be volatile. Based on the words and comments circulating on social networks, with the support of USAID and the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, UNICEF has undertaken an awareness campaign on the safety and prevention of COVID 19, avoiding misinformation and strengthening confidence in vaccines in the country ours.
It has already been 2 years since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that, alongside the COVID-19 pandemic, the world was also battling an 'infodemic' - an "overflow of information, both online and in various social groups, at school, at work, everywhere."
Even in our country, from the first moments and until today, there have been many words and conspiracy theories about the vaccine and the side effects it causes.
Vaccines are one of the greatest scientific innovations of all time. In the last century, they have brought us closer to ending polio and helped us eradicate smallpox. Thanks to vaccines, billions of people today live healthy lives protected from vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and whooping cough.
As with anything new, it is important to know and rely only on experts and official sources of information in order to avoid the untrue words that are circulating. The vaccine brings us closer to normal life and all the activities that we like, it gives us the opportunity to protect not only ourselves but also all those who cannot be vaccinated.
Thanks to vaccination, we can safely go to school and work, we can protect our grandparents and we can return to normal life.
Don't rely on gossip!
Choose life, choose vaccination!
Get informed only from official sources on measures and vaccination against Covid-19!