By Dr Masimba Mavaza | Seeing the rate COVID is spreading, it is high time to consider every person a COVID repository and a COVID machine gun. At the rate of mass shootings by lethal COVID bullets worldover, it’s only wise to consider every person a LIVE armoury. This has been the situation with all pandemics since 1894 when the first anti police riots broke out in the United States.
It is sad that the MDC Alliance which says it is pro life, is encouraging the death of millions of people. At a time President Mnangagwa is fighting religious extremism such as with the Vapositori, MDC Alliance is doing the opposite..
Considering the way people are infecting each other with COVID 19 allowing people in churches and work places is akin to allowing children in churches with corked machine guns in churches. Governments all over the world are struggling to deal with fake news against vaccinations.
In Zimbabwe the party that claims to be pro life has proved to be pro death. MDC A and ZCTU again join each other to kill the people of Zimbabwe in churches and work places. The opposition waged against vaccination, which is pure witchcraft. The Zimbabwean government must not be pressured to kill its own people by allowing unvaccinated people into gatherings. This is a mass shooting world over and every person must be considered a live bomb. It is careless of the MDC A to incite people to abandon vaccination.
The MDC have been criticising ZANU PF for allowing Marange Apostolic mission to spread Covid 19 but the fight against vaccine is hypocritical. At a time President MNANGAGWA is barking the sect to convince them to get vaccinated and fighting religious extremism MDC is instead encouraging them.
Thanks to our High Court, the ZCTU failed in a court order to commit genocide by COVID 19.
The world is writhing under the cruel foot of COVID 19. Efforts to conquer the deadly scourge are bearing fruits in many countries. Science moved fast to come up with a vaccine. Many countries joined the fray and many vaccines sprang out.
The government of Zimbabwe has spent money and time trying to vaccinate the population. Many people have resisted the drive mostly because of some spiritual influence.
It is important to understand that Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases. Vaccination is the same as Immunisation it is a way of protecting against serious diseases. Once we have been immunised, our bodies are better able to fight these diseases if we come into contact with them.
Do not allow anyone to mislead you COVID-19 vaccines were developed using science that has been around for decades. So we must appreciate that
COVID-19 vaccines are not experimental. They went through all the required stages of cltinical trials. Extensive testing and monitoring have shown that these vaccines are safe and effective.
The nation must be rest assured that COVID-19 vaccines have received and continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in the world history.
Immunizations, or vaccines as they’re also known, safely and effectively use a small amount of a weakened or killed virus or bacteria or bits of lab-made protein that imitate the virus in order to prevent infection by that same virus or bacteria.When you get an immunization, you’re injected with a weakened form of (or a fragment of) a disease. This triggers your body’s immune response, causing it to either produce antibodies to that particular ailment or induce other processes that enhance immunity. Then, if you’re ever again exposed to the actual disease-causing organism, your immune system is prepared to fight the infection. A vaccine will usually prevent the onset of a disease or else reduce its severity.
The goal of the Zimbabwean government and public health is to prevent disease. It’s much easier and more cost-effective to prevent a disease than to treat it. That’s exactly what immunizations aim to do.
Prevention is always better than cure.
Immunizations protect us from serious diseases and also prevent the spread of those diseases to others. Over the years immunizations have thwarted epidemics of once common infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough and several flues. And because of immunizations we’ve seen the near eradication of others, such as polio and smallpox.Some vaccines need to be given only once; others require updates or “boosters” to maintain successful immunization and continued protection against disease.
The science is in. The benefits of vaccines far outweigh the risks. Still, the debate about the value of vaccines continues.The advantages of immunisation are obvious – they stop individuals becoming ill. If enough people are immunised, immunisations can also stop pathogens infecting whole populations. This is called herd immunity.
There are also risks to having immunisations. For instance, some people suffer from a mild reaction to the vaccine.
So, when making a decision, we should consider some facts that
when fewer people are immunised, the number of cases of the disease increases.
The chance of falling seriously ill or dying from the disease may be far greater than the chance of experiencing a serious side-effect. People must always remember that using a vaccine may be much cheaper than treating a very ill person.
It is sad that lies always travel faster than the truth so we must all be aware of anti-vaccine stories. Anti-vaccine stories are often spread online through social media or preached in churches by respected clergymen. They may not be based on scientific evidence and could put your life at risk of a serious illness.
It should be pressed that vaccines protect you and your community from many serious and potentially deadly diseases. It protects other people in your community – by helping to stop diseases spreading to people who cannot have vaccines. Because of the advance that of science vaccines undergo rigorous safety testing before being introduced – they’re also constantly monitored for side effects after being introduced.
It is a fact that sometimes vaccine causes mild side effects that will not last long – some people may feel a bit unwell and have a sore arm for 2 or 3 days.
But this will come to pass, again vaccines reduce or even get rid of some diseases – if enough people are vaccinated.
Despite the good things vaccines do not cause autism – studies have found no evidence of a link between the vaccine and autism.
It is not true that vaccines do overload or weaken the immune system actually vaccines boost the immune system.
Scientists and researchers have asserted that vaccines do not cause allergies or any other conditions – all the current evidence tells us that vaccinating is safer than not vaccinating. So because of this it is imperative for the government to see to it that a country has reached a head count on vaccines. Vaccines do not contain any ingredients that cause harm in such small amounts – but speak to your doctor if you have any known allergies such as eggs or gelatine or anything you might find in the vaccine.
Vaccination is one of the biggest health successes of the last century and during the pandemic. Covid 19 is a disease that is caused by viruses, it can’t be cured with antibiotics. The only way to control this pandemic is by immunisation.
With continued immunisation programmes, Covid 19 may no longer be a threat.
There have already been some successful examples of vaccination bringing this disease under control.
The development of effective vaccines has led to a huge decrease in COVID-19 deaths.
The World Health Organization (WHO) states: ‘The 2 public health interventions that have had the greatest impact on the world’s health are clean water and vaccines.’
As we go about our daily jobs we are exposed to many risks, one of these risks being reinfections.
Before vaccines were available, many people in the world died from Covid 19. Despite successful immunisation programmes, the diseases that vaccines protect against will still exist.
The benefit of immunisation is that you have the best possible protection against dangerous diseases. This can give you peace of mind.
When we are immunised we are helping to protect the health of the whole community.
When enough people are immunised against an infection, it’s more difficult for it to be spread to those who are not immunised. This is called ‘herd immunity’ or ‘population protection.’
COVID 19-vaccines are effective. They can keep you from getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Vaccination is the most important thing we can do to protect ourselves and our loved ones against ill health.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed vaccine hesitancy as one of the biggest threats to global health.
Vaccine hesitancy is where people with access to vaccines delay or refuse vaccination. This can be best described as witchcraft.
There is a very visible freedom in vaccination. After you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, you can resume many activities that you did before the pandemic.
Even though you are vaccinated fully you must wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission.Fully vaccinated people must choose to mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in their household is unvaccinated. People who are at increased risk for severe disease include older adults and those who have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, overweight or obesity, and heart conditions.
You must not celebrate your vaccination too loudly, People are considered fully vaccinated after two weeks of their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or 2 weeks after a single-dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. You should keep using all the tools available to protect yourself and others regardless of the vaccination. Vaccines teach your immune system how to create antibodies that protect you from diseases.
It’s much safer for your immune system to learn this through vaccination than by catching the diseases and treating them.
Once your immune system knows how to fight a disease, it can often protect you for many years.
Having a vaccine also benefits your whole community through “herd immunity.”
If enough people are vaccinated, it’s harder for the disease to spread to those people who cannot have vaccines. For example, people who are ill or have a weakened immune system.
Most people are not concerned about vaccine ingredients and know that they are safe.
The main ingredient of any vaccine is a small amount of bacteria, virus or toxin that’s been weakened or destroyed in a laboratory first.
This means there’s no risk of healthy people catching a disease from a vaccine. It’s also why you might see vaccines being called “live” or “killed” vaccines.
It is your duty to get vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. Evidence is emerging that people get better protection by being fully vaccinated compared with having had COVID-19.
We must remember that COVID-19 is still a threat to people who are unvaccinated. Some people who get COVID-19 can become severely ill, which could result in hospitalization, and some people have ongoing health problems several weeks or even longer after getting infected. Even people who did not have symptoms when they were infected can have these ongoing health problems.
We should applaud the government for persuading people to be vaccinated by putting up incentives like no vaccine no church. No vaccine no work. This is not making it mandatory but it is an incentive. We must all take up this COVID-19 jab now. It will come a time very soon when the vaccination will be on sale. It is wise to get the jab now.