THE spread of misinformation on social media remains to be a challenge to the government’s vaccination program, reason why some are still hesitant to take the COVID-19 vaccines.
DOH-CHD 1 spokesperson Dr. Rheuel Bobis said among the worst fake news he saw was a person might become a zombie one year after getting inoculated with a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine.
“Yung pinaka-worst na nakita ko sa Facebook ay magiging zombie raw yung taong nabakunahan pagkatapos ng isang taon,” he laughingly said in an interview.
Bobis also refuted some claims that a person will lose his sense of sight after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
He said the claims of fake news peddlers against the COVID-19 vaccines are precisely that – fake.
Bobis explained that a person who receives the vaccine might feel some side effects is a normal body reaction from feeling feverish to discomfort in the area of inoculation.
He advised netizens to verify information from legitimate news sources.
Thus, the agency has further intensified its education and information campaign together with other concerned government agencies to raise awareness and increase the acceptability of the vaccine to the public.
Meanwhile, as of April 5, 2021, 1,568 persons have already been vaccinated in Region 1 mostly frontline health workers and senior citizens. (Jerick Pasiliao)
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