The webinar  was arranged and hosted by our medical aid broker, 4D Health, in cooperation with NWU Wellness. Click on the image above to find out more about Covid-19 vaccines.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out, social media has been flooded with fake news about the disease, most recently about the various vaccines that have been developed.

A simple search brings up scores of conspiracy theories from anti-vaxxers questioning the safety and side effects of the vaccines and even claiming that taking the vaccine could alter your DNA or allow the government to insert a tracking chip into your body.


Even though thousands of healthcare workers in South Africa have been vaccinated to date, there are still people who believe the fake news about the vaccines. NWU Wellness on the other hand, is promoting informed choices.


Over the past year the department has held numerous events and public lectures to educate staff and students about Covid-19 and the various vaccines that have been developed.


“There is so much misinformation on social and mainstream media with regard to Covid-19 in general and about the vaccines,” says Bonita Maboeta, senior wellness specialist. “We would like our staff and students to make well-informed decisions about vaccines and learn about their efficacy and safety from experts in the field.”


She says they will continue with their awareness campaign and urge all to participate.


Knowledge is power


In a recent informative webinar on the various Covid-19 vaccines, Prof Guy Richards, critical-care professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, emphasised that there is a substantial amount of proof that vaccines are effective.


Although the Covid-19 vaccines were developed quickly compared to other vaccines, all the comprehensive safety checks required for approval by American and European health authorities were followed and completed.


Guy explained the different types of vaccines in detail, including how they work, and their efficacy and safety. He says the public needs to remember that the benefits of taking a vaccine outweigh any risks that might occur from the vaccine itself.


“Although nursing students and staff cannot be forced to take the vaccine, a number of them at the NWU have been vaccinated,” says Dr Matsipane Molekodi, director of the Mahikeng Campus’s School of Nursing.


“As the School of Nursing we have done our part in informing and educating our students and staff regarding the vaccine,” he says.


In times like these, when fake news abounds, the NWU is playing its part in contributing to a well-informed citizenry who know the difference between fact and fiction.



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