Govt challenged to sensitise public on Covid-19 vaccines

17Sep 2021
James Kandoya
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Govt challenged to sensitise public on Covid-19 vaccines

​​​​​​​THE government has been challenged to sensitize the community about the Covid-19 vaccine in order to achieve its goal of vaccinating an enormous number of people.

A senior lecturer and health service researcher at a university in West of England, Dr Mwidimi gave the advice saying that recently in the Civil Society Organisation (CSO) through a virtual roundtable conference that was organised by Internews.

He said myths and misconceptions about covid-19 vaccine is one of the big challenges hindering government efforts to vaccinate more people.

“Vaccine without awareness is a big challenge. The government must first invest in community awareness to inform them of the importance of getting the vaccine,” he said.

Dr Ndosi said it is not true that you can become infected after being vaccinated, but once more of the population is vaccinated, those chances are further reduced.

He said getting vaccinated not only reduces your chance of being infected, it also contributes to community protection, reducing the likelihood of virus transmission.

“Vaccines have shown to be effective at preventing severe illness from the pandemic. So even if you were vaccinated and became infected, you are very unlikely to become severely ill,” he said.

Dr Ndosi said the studies have shown vaccinated people once infected have mild to moderate cases of covid-19 compared to those who were not vaccinated.

Furthermore, the risk of hospitalization and death because of disease is nearly eliminated once you are fully vaccinated.

According to the don, the country's health experts must work hard to inform the public against those opposing it.

He said covid-19 vaccines were safe because they were developed using science and went through all the required stages of clinical trials.

Besides that, extensive testing and monitoring have shown that these vaccines are safe and effective.

He said likewise in the UK, Tanzania must allow all willing people to get vaccines without signing the consent form saying it causes fears among them.

On July 29, President Samia Suluhu Hassan led national leaders in the national launch of covid-19 vaccination national drive, promising that all willing Tanzanians should be inoculated.

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