Many Individuals are giving up on the COVID-19 vaccine as a result of unfold of misinformation.
US Surgeon Normal Dr. Vivek Murthy has warned the American public concerning the hazard of not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine resulting from misinformation concerning the coronavirus.
The South Carolina Division of Well being and Environmental Management (DHEC) “continues its name for Palmetto State residents to arm themselves with information after which get a life-saving vaccine,” in accordance with a press launch.
In Murthy’s advert, he used information from the Kaiser Household Basis that stated the share of unvaccinated individuals who have heard a minimum of one fantasy about COVID-19 is 67%.
“Well being misinformation is an pressing menace to public well being. It may well trigger confusion, sow mistrust, and undermine public well being efforts, together with our ongoing work to finish the COVID-19 pandemic,” Murthy stated on the launch. “As a Surgeon Normal, my job is to assist individuals keep protected and wholesome, and with out limiting the unfold of well being misinformation, the lives of Individuals are in danger.”
DHEC helps the Surgeon Normal’s warning and his need to share how COVID-19 has affected his household. Murthy said that he has misplaced 10 members of the family to COVID-19.
DHEC’s personal director of public well being, Dr. Brannon Traxler, misplaced his grandmother in Could 2020 to COVID-19.
“Vaccines weren’t out there when my Meme died,” Traxler stated within the assertion. “If they’d been, I might have strongly inspired her to get vaccinated towards COVID-19 to remain wholesome and be right here with us longer.”
DHEC information exhibits that throughout the first two weeks of June, greater than 90 p.c of circumstances and hospitalizations in South Carolina, and 100 p.c of deaths, occurred amongst unvaccinated residents, in accordance with the assertion. The variety of South Carolinians who’ve died from COVID-19 is now approaching 9,900.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is accredited for ages 12 and older, whereas the Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines are accredited for ages 18 and older.
For assist with questions concerning the COVID-19 vaccine and details about suppliers, name 1-866-365-8110.
To discover a vaccination location in SC, go to the DHEC Vaccine Locator web site at vaxlocator.dhec.sc.gov.