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Covid-19 vaccine doesn’t turn people into ‘blood-thirsty cannibals’

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Oct 27, 2021

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane has shot down a rather macabre myth that the Covid-19 vaccine turns people into blood-thirsty cannibals, saying that she herself is living proof that the vaccine is safe for use.

“As I stand before you, I’ve never had the urge to eat anyone, and it will never happen. So, what people are saying about the vaccine making people want to eat others…of being part of 5G technology, or linked to the work of the devil, is all nothing but a myth. It is not true.”  

Simelane was speaking during a mobile community outreach programme known as Isibhedlela Kubantu, at Magabheni Sports Ground, near Umkomaas on Tuesday, an event which attracted more than 500, mainly elderly people. 

KZN has now vaccinated more than 3, 233 million people for Covid-19. 

At the community outreach programme doctors and nurses provided people with free access to an array of health services, including mobile X-Rays, screening and testing for Covid19, hypertension, TB, HIV and AIDS, and cervical cancer. Also on offer were child immunisation and family planning services.

“The reason we are here today is that our Premier Sihle Zikalala took a decision that we should bring health care services closer to communities. He said he knows that there are clinics in our residential areas, but not every person can access them easily. It is therefore important that other health care services are brought closer to communities,” Simelane said.

“For instance, not all clinics are able to provide help to those who have eye-related ailments. So, they are forced to drive all the way to town; or to a private doctor to get help. But here today, we do have an eye care doctor,” she said.

Isibhedlela Kubantu and other community outreach and Covid-19 vaccine programmes will continue in the coming days, weeks, and months.

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