The federal government has high expectations of the population’s willingness to vaccinate: 60 to 70 percent of the adult population should be vaccinated, if possible more. In the risk groups, over 75 percent have already received at least one vaccine dose. The cantons are ready to quickly inoculate the vaccine replenishment. Up to 100,000 people are now vaccinated every day.
But vaccination appointments always remain free. However, many of them still want to be vaccinated, said Virginie Masserey, head of the Infection Control Section at the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), at a media conference this week. However, some people still need some time to decide on a vaccination. That is understandable.
It will only be seen in the next few weeks how high the “definitive will to vaccinate” is, according to Masserey. It is clear that the federal government is pushing ahead with the vaccination campaign, because the younger population in particular still has some catching up to do.
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A dozen vaccination myths
In order to get the undecided to vaccinate, the BAG of Health Minister Alain Berset (49) also fights against misinformation and conspiracy theories. For example:
- Infertility: The Covid vaccination makes you sterile. A protein prevents the formation of the placenta, so the claim of the vaccination opponents, which persists and causes uncertainty, especially among young women. “This is as nonsensical as it is wrong,” says Claire-Anne Siegrist, director of the Center for Vaccinology at the University of Geneva in the BAG video. This assertion is to be played with the fear of women that their desire to have children could remain unfulfilled. There are already countless women who became pregnant despite vaccinations or corona disease.
- Microchip: They appear at practically every Corona demo, the Bill Gates opponents. They fear that a microchip will be implanted via vaccination, with which those affected can be tracked and checked. A myth that Christoph Berger, President of the Federal Commission for Vaccination Issues, refutes. The vaccination works according to a completely new mRNA technology. “In doing so, you give the body a code that turns it into a protein, to which the immune system reacts,” explains Berger. “You don’t bring a microchip in there!”
- Gene changes: Another common fear is that mRNA vaccination could alter DNA – our genes. The RNA stands for ribonucleic acid and the m in front for messenger. That means the acid brings a message to the body. Namely, how he reproduces corona proteins, which the immune system then fights and thus builds up protection against the corona virus. “The RNA does not get into the cell nucleus, not into the DNA, but remains outside the cell nucleus,” explains infectiologist Anita Niederer from the Cantonal Hospital in S. Gallen.
A total of twelve vaccination myths identified Berset’s people – and posted them on their social channels. Always in the hope that the explanations will ease more people’s fear of the vaccination.
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Published: June 19, 2021, 7 minutes ago
Last updated: 19.06.2021, 7 minutes ago