The Presidential Advisor on Health, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, has advised the public to disregard misconceptions about the Covid-19 vaccination on social media.
He said the misconceptions, negative messages and videos in circulation were the creation of anti-vaccine campaigners, seeking to confuse the public for “their own selfish interests.”
“It is never true that the COVID-19 vaccines have tracking devices in them, or when you take it you will not be able to give birth, neither is it true that they were developed to kill Africans.”
“Rather, like previous ones, the COVID-19 vaccine seeks to build immunity and protect the public against contracting the virus,” Dr Nsiah-Asare said.
He said this during a virtual “Roundtable Discussion on COVID-19 Vaccines: Misconceptions and the Way Forward” organized by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) in Accra.
He explained that vaccines had been with us for decades, including what had been used to eliminate the six childhood killer diseases.
Dr Nsiah-Asare said all COVID-19 vaccines that government was securing had passed the required internationally accepted rigorous clinical trials for human vaccination, hence their safety and efficacy were highly guaranteed.
He said there was a huge information and communication gap regarding the development of vaccines among Africans, including Ghanaians, which called for intensified public education to demystify the negative propaganda surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines.