Health experts debunk myths surrounding COVID-19 vaccines, urge youth to get vaccinated
Health experts have urged the youth to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to disregard any false claims being circulated regarding the side effects of these vaccines.
Speaking at a media briefing today, Professor of Community Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Colombo, Dr. Manuj Weerasinghe raised concerns that a majority of the youth are hesitant to get the COVID jab, questioning its effectiveness given the rather short time span it was developed in.
He noted that various false claims are being spread about the vaccines being ineffective, and containing harmful substances.
Emphasising that vaccinating the population is a vital measure if we are to recover from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Dr. Perera noted that vaccines have played an integral role in the eradication of infectious diseases for over 170 years.
Despite its continually proven effectiveness against several infectious diseases, throughout the years, there have been groups that spread false claims about the use and effectiveness of vaccines, Dr. Perera noted.
Moreover, Director of the Family Health Bureau of the Ministry of Health, Community Medicine Specialist Dr. Chithramalee De Silva added that there is an undue fear about the adverse effects of COVID vaccines on reproductive health.
While assuring that there is no scientific proof to prove the occurrence of such adverse side effects, she added that there is no correlation between one's reproductive system and the COVID-19 vaccination.
Thus, both experts urged that the youth of Sri Lanka disregard such claims, and get vaccinated with whichever COVID-19 vaccine is currently being made available to them.