Despite this, some people are still hesitant to take the vaccine. This is normal - and it’s important to make sure we have all the information we need to be able to make the right choices for our own health.
But those who willfully create and spread misinformation are using fear to discourage people from getting vaccinated. This may be because they believe in conspiracy theories, are against vaccines, or harbour agendas.
Examples of vaccine misinformation can include:
Videos – especially on social media – that purport to show ‘dangerous side effects’ but aren’t from trusted health authorities or experts.
Viral WhatsApp messages, forwarded many times without any clear origin, source or verification.
Articles from websites that are less interested in facts and more interested in getting clicks.
So what can we do?
We can all help to combat misinformation, increase vaccine confidence, and help save lives by seeking and sharing factual information from reputable sources:
Check out this handy guide to find out where you can go to get reliable information about the COVID vaccines.