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Misinformation fueling vaccine hesitancy, PAHO Director warns


Misinformation fueling vaccine hesitancy, PAHO Director warns

Washington, Apr 22 (Prensa Latina) Amid current complex epidemiological situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, misinformation is one of the most serious threats to public health, and it is most damaging when it fuels vaccine hesitancy, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne warned.
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‘Every person in a vulnerable group that is hesitant to get the vaccine can become part of the sad statistics, one of thousands of deaths that occur daily due to Covid-19. Vaccines are saving lives now and will contribute to control transmission in the near future when we achieve high immunization coverage,’ she told a press briefing.

She also pointed out that reports of very rare unexpected side effects from some Covid-19 vaccines should not make people hesitate to get immunized.

‘The vaccines delivered through COVAX have been thoroughly assessed by the WHO experts. The benefits of these vaccines in preventing infections, hospitalizations, and deaths outweigh the risks of side events,¨ Dr. Etienne noted.


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