Health authorities are working to shut down conspiracy theories that falsely suggest that Covid-19 can be transmitted through vaccines.
As COVID-19 vaccinations skyrocket, anecdotal side effects and vaccine breakthrough cases worry many Australians – but health professionals have urged calm….
As COVID-19 vaccinations skyrocket, anecdotal side effects and vaccine breakthrough cases worry many Australians – but health professionals have urged calm.
Businesses in a NSW town just a stone’s throw from the iconic tourist destination of Byron Bay have banned entry to people who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus for at least two weeks after their shot.
The handful of entrepreneurs in Mullumbimby have not only made a habit of sharing misinformation, but could endanger the future health of the wider community, local vaccine activist Heidi Robertson told news.com.au.
A hairdresser, yoga studio and massage therapy company are among those in the area that are putting up signage telling people who have received a shot to stay away for fear they would « shed » the virus.
“If you have had a Covid-19 vaccine, we ask that you attend online, reschedule or practice at home for a studio of at least two weeks, or longer until symptoms subside,” it reads. of the plates.
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“Longer than two weeks can be requested by your teacher or practitioner. Please check in.”
Such posts have become dangerously common in the area, which has long been considered a hot spot for anti-vaxxers.
Ms Robertson, who lives in the Mullumbimby area, said she struggled to understand the logic behind the damaging messages.
Its website, Northern Rivers Vaccination Supporters, which has been approved by the World Health Organization, has worked to stamp out vaccine misinformation.
« I’ve seen the signs myself and heard a lot about them on various online platforms, » she said.
“We need to focus on what the people say who know what they’re talking about. The immunologists and the virologists.”
Intensive Care Physician Rachel Heap collected the information from the NRVS website, which is audited by the WHO and does not receive any funding.
Concerns local residents will be ‘sitting ducks’
If messages encouraging locals not to get vaccinated continue, the area could find itself in a generally compromising situation should there be an outbreak in the region, Ms Robertson said.
« It’s a real concern because we’re just a hugely popular tourist destination because of the people coming into Byron Bay, » she said.
“When people hear this kind of nonsense and don’t get vaccinated, we’re a little down when the borders open up and it starts ripping through our community.
Customers have also had first-hand accounts of sightings of Lord Lucan playing Texas Holdem Poker with Jimmy Hoffa at Mullumbimby’s Middle Hotel, the Nullabor Nymph and the Grampians Puma. pic.twitter.com/LLE3eQ19vz
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« It’s not going to be good for anyone when it comes to health, economy, or tourism… it’s not a good situation to be in. »
Ms Robertson also noted her confusion over messages from anti-vaxxers, who typically denied the seriousness of Covid-19 and considered it to be no different than the common cold.
« Personally I can’t really get my head around it…if they are a covid denier, why are they concerned about a covid virus being shed by a vaccine? »
« That doesn’t make sense to me, » she added, speculating that anti-covid vaxxers may have been more focused on making their general stance on immunization known.
NSW Health Shuts Down Conspiracies
By tackling the latest misinformation being spread by business owners, NSW Health has confirmed that Covid-19 cannot be spread through the vaccine.
“You can’t get Covid-19 from a Covid-19 vaccine. To get Covid-19, you must be exposed to a live Covid-19 virus. No Covid-19 vaccine currently approved for use in the world contains a live coronavirus, » a spokesperson told news.com.au.
“Side effects after Covid-19 vaccination such as fatigue, headache, muscle aches and fever are common and expected, and are an indication that the immune system is responding to the vaccine.
“These symptoms are not an indication that you have an infection caused by the vaccine. NSW Health is calling on anyone who can get vaccinated to do so.
« Vaccination is an essential step in protecting you, your family and the community. »
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