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Vaccine myths debunked by medical experts

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Many people refuse to have the Covid-19 vaccine due to false information being spread on social media.

To debunk those myths Hermanus Times is going to publish weekly information from infectious disease and vaccine experts from Tygerberg and Groote Schuur Hospital. Myth – “The vaccine will impact negatively on a person with comorbidities such as diabetes, cancer, hypertension, lupus, lung disease, TB and HIV.

Expert opinion of Dr Jantjie Taljaard, infectious diseases physician at Tygerberg Hospital: “People with chronic medical conditions like diabetes, heart failure, asthma, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, are often uncertain whether they should go for their Covid-19 jab. They fear it may worsen their underlying condition. I can ensure you today this is not the case. People with chronic medical conditions are at increased risk of contracting severe Covid-19 and landing up in hospital, ICU or even dying from Covid-19 infection. The main benefit of the vaccination is that it prevents severe Covid-19, hospitalisation and death, particularly among these people with increased risk of severe disease.”

For accurate information, visit https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/

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