#GettheJab Mzansi – let’s stand together and beat this Covid-19!

It’s time for Mzansi to come together to beat Covid-19. We’ve still got a long way to go, but the finish line is within sight. The pandemic has taken something from all of us, but getting the jab is how we, as individuals and as a country, can rebuild and come together again, as only South Africans can. Many of us have had to bury family members and friends, some lost jobs and do not know where our next meal will come from. Registering to get the protective vaccine is the first step towards moving past this pandemic, and reclaiming our power, livelihoods and dignity. It’s time, Mzansi. Let’s #GetTheJab!

6 THINGSYOU NEED TO KNOW

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HOW THE VACCINEWORKS

When viruses invade the body, they attack and multiply. This invasion is what we call an infection and is what causes us to become ill. Our bodies have several weapons to help fight these invading viruses, including our white blood cells. One of these cells, the T-lymphocyte (also known as a “memory cell”) remembers the body’s response to a particular infection in case that invader infects the body again.

There are 3 types of Covid-19 vaccines that protect against the virus. They all work by teaching our immune system how to fight the virus that causes Covid-19, but in different ways:

1. mRNA vaccine:

  1. The vaccine injected contains non-harmful materials from the virus.
  2. These materials give our bodies instructions on how to make a protein that is harmless and is unique to the virus. Think of it like we get a template for the virus’s unique ID number.
  3. Once that ID number has been created, our body realises these proteins don’t belong there. It creates antibodies to destroy it.
  4. Our bodies now have the virus’ number, and the next time it is spotted, our immune response is ready to fight the infection.

2. Protein subunit vaccine:

  1. The vaccine injected contains harmless proteins from the virus instead of the actual virus.
  2. Once these proteins are introduced, our body builds up antibodies to fight against it.
  3. These antibodies are now ready to destroy the whole virus when it recognizes those same proteins again, during a Covid-19 infection.

3. Vector vaccines:

  1. The vaccine injected contains a different virus, with a non-harmful version of the Covid-19 virus within. This is called a ‘viral vector’.
  2. Once the viral vector is inside our body, the genetic material of the virus teaches our cells how to make a harmless protein that is unique to the virus (like Covid-19’s ID number).
  3. Once that ID number has been created, our body realises these proteins don’t belong there. It creates antibodies to destroy it.
  4. Our bodies now have the virus’ number, and the next time it is spotted, our immune response is ready to fight the infection.

Source: www.cdc.gov

Source: www.gov.za

HOW TO BOOK YOURVACCINE INJECTION

The Covid-19 vaccine is being rolled out to all South Africans in a stepwise process. You probably know someone who has been vaccinated or has registered to be vaccinated already. If you’re in the age group that is being vaccinated and unsure of how to register to get the jab, here are the steps to do it:

1. Register Online

  1. Head to https://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za/#/
  2. Fill out the form
    • Be sure to have your ID number, your medical aid number (if you have medical aid), the location that you would like to be vaccinated and your contact details.
  3. Once you have submitted the form, you will receive an SMS that will indicate the date and location of your vaccine.

2. Via Whatsapp

  1. WhatsApp the word REGISTER to 060 012 3456
    • Be sure to have your ID number, your medical aid number (if you have medical aid), the location that you would like to be vaccinated and your contact details.
  2. You will receive a WhatsApp that will indicate the date and location of your vaccine.

3. Call

  1. Call 0800 029 999
    • Be sure to have your ID number, your medical aid number (if you have medical aid), the location that you would like to be vaccinated and your contact details.
  2. Following the call, you will receive information that will indicate the date and location of your vaccine.

5 WAYS TO AVOIDFAKE NEWS!

Hayisuka wena with that fake news! All the misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine is costing lives and causing unrest. Ain’t nobody got time for that! While we love social media and its ability to communicate and connect with others, it can easily be hijacked to spread false news and make people unwilling to take the Covid-19 vaccine. If want to make sure you’re getting the real facts about the vaccine and not misinformation, use these tips.

1. Question the source.

Ask questions and do your own research. Ask questions like ‘where does this information come from?’ and ‘is there evidence to support this claim?’. Also check whether the source of the information is reliable and can be trusted.

2. Forget the headlines and what’s trending on twitter.

Ever heard of clickbait? Don’t just read the headline, read the entire article and fact check with similar publications to see whether they are covering the same topic and presenting the same information.

3. Get your updates from official channels

Official government channels such as the Department of Health will always have the latest updates and stats.

https://www.gov.za/covid-19

4. Check National Government’s updated list of confirmed fake news

Government has a list of confirmed fake news that has popped up on social media.

https://www.gov.za/covid-19/resources/fake-news-coronavirus-covid-19

5. Stop fake news in its tracks

If you receive something that you know is inaccurate or isn’t true – no matter how funny it is – delete the content and do not share it! And make an effort to educate the person who sent you the fake news – but remember, people don’t listen if you talk down to them.

HOW THE VACCINE WAS DEVELOPEDSO QUICKLY

Covid-19 is a new kind of coronavirus, but coronaviruses are not new at all. The common cold you get every year is often caused by one of these coronaviruses.

Because scientists have known and been working with coronaviruses before, they already had a head start in creating a coronavirus vaccine.

The overwhelming effect of Covid-19 across the globe prompted more funding and more time being spent to create a vaccine. Often, vaccine development is dependent on funding and resources. In this case the entire globe’s motivation to find a way to beat the virus allowed more funding and more resources to be poured into developing a vaccine and testing it out properly and scientifically.

Scientists needed to crack the specific genetic code of the Covid-19-causing coronavirus. This usually takes the longest time when creating a vaccine, but thanks to improvements in science and technology, as well as research from other coronaviruses, the time was cut down dramatically.

Once the code was cracked and vaccines created in the lab, the next step was to test the vaccine and make sure that it is safe and effective.

These tests had an initial phase with small groups of volunteers to test the safety. The next phase had larger groups to test immune responses and efficacy. The final phase tested the vaccine with tens of thousands of participants to examine immune response and safety. Once all three phases had been deemed successful, the vaccine was approved.

Finally, once the vaccine was deemed safe and effective, it needed to be developed and distributed to the public. While this could be a lengthy step, added funding and research has helped speed up the process.

4 CRAZY VACCINE MYTHSDEBUNKED!

1. The vaccine contains a microchip

The Covid-19 vaccine doesn’t contain a chip and no, Bill Gates will not be tracking your every move through 5G towers. This myth started because of a video shared on Facebook with information that was taken out of context and manipulated footage to make people believe that microchips are being put into vaccines. Concerned about your safety? This article will put you at ease with credible sources that prove that you will not be tracked by either Jack Ma or Bill Gates.

Source: www.reuters.com

2. The vaccine will alter your DNA

There’s no DNA within the vaccines, so there’s no possibility it could alter your DNA. The misinformation being spread online confuses DNA, which contains all the information inherited from our parents, with mRNA, which is made in the nucleus of a cell and teaches your body how to make proteins. The nucleus is the part of the cell that contains all of your DNA and the instructions to make up your cells. The mRNA vaccines being created against Covid-19 are not created in the nucleus, but rather injected into the arm, and never even go into the nucleus, which means they have no chance of altering your DNA, even if they could. This article proves why it is nearly impossible for the vaccine to alter your DNA.

Source: www.forbes.com

3. The media stages the vaccinations of high-profile individuals.

The President, along with every ‘high-profile’ person you’ve seen get the jab in the media wasn’t staged. While there are many theories circulating, from a retractable syringe to a fake needle, these are all just fake news. Celebrities are not out to ‘wipe’ you off the planet. Those are real images of real people being responsible citizens.

Source: observers.france24.com

4. The vaccine is the mark of the beast.

While we are indeed living in troubled times, we are fortunate enough to still make our own decisions when it comes to our bodies. You’ll likely still be allowed to shop and travel, whether you’re vaccinated or not. Many people believe that the Covid-19 vaccine is mark of the beast from Revelations in the Bible. This is false for many reasons:

  • Throughout history, the mark of the beast has been misunderstood as referring to various events and phenomena.
    Source: www.wowktv.com
  • This belief seems to be linked to anything from the more metaphorical political ploys to literal beliefs that those getting a vaccine would be marked as followers of Satan. However, many Christian religious figures have disproven any scriptural link between the vaccine and the mark.
    Source: www.theconversation.com
  • Many scholars believe that the Beast in the Bible actually refers to the first-century Roman emperors, with the mark specifically referring to the Roman emperor Nero.
    Source: www.theconversation.com
  • According to the Bible, the mark of the beast will be mandatory for followers of Satan, but vaccinating is a choice. So, no, the Covid-19 jab is not the mark of the beast.

4 FEARSANSWERED!

1. Will getting the vaccine cause me to show positive on a Covid-19 viral test?

Viral tests check to see whether you currently have a Covid-19 infection. Since the vaccine does not infect you with the virus, but rather teaches your body how to create antibodies, it will not show positive on a viral test. However, because the vaccine helps you create antibodies, you will show up as positive on an antibody test. Antibodies indicate that you had a previous infection and that you might have some level of protection.

2. Can the Covid-19 vaccine make me sick with Covid-19?

No, the approved vaccines do not contain the live virus. Because none of the vaccines contain the live virus, the vaccine cannot infect you with Covid-19. All the vaccine does is teach your body how to recognize and fight off the virus. It is possible that you develop a fever or other symptoms. These symptoms are normal and indicate that the body is building up a resistance to Covid-19.

3. If I’ve already had Covid-19, do I need to get the vaccine? Am I not already immune?

Since it is possible to be reinfected with Covid-19, the vaccine is the safest way to ensure that you do not contract the virus again. While your body develops antibodies for Covid-19 after you have beaten the virus, the antibodies only last for a short time, not indefinitely.

4. If I get the Covid-19 vaccine, can I stop taking Covid-19 precautions like wearing my mask?

Current government regulations seem to indicate that all Covid-19 precautions will remain in place for everyone, including those vaccinated. Think of it as an added level of safety for you and your family, particularly the non-vaccinated members.

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