'There is hope through vaccines' - Religious forum tackling vax hesitancy in SA
- The Religious Forum Against COVID-19 is combating vaccine hesitancy in South Africa
- The forum has launched the VaxuMzansi campaign to help get more people vaccinated ahead of the possible fourth wave
- Co-chair Ashwin Trikamjee says the forum wants to build support for Covid-19 vaccination in religious circles
An inter-faith collaboration is on a mission to counter Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy in South Africa.
The Religious Forum Against Covid-19 has launched a campaign to get congregations and communities vaccinated ahead of the looming fourth wave.
The forum's co-chair Ashwin Trikamjee says religious leaders are working to bust vaccine myths and debunk misinformation.
He says the VaxuMzansi campaign is being launched in temples, mosques, churches, synagogues, and other religious spaces in a bid to vaccinate 70% of the population as soon as possible.
Religious sites are also being used as vaccination centres as a part of the campaign. "We think that is going to be a huge factor in influencing people that vaccination is, in fact, safe", Trikamjee tells CapeTalk.
He also argues that South Africa will most likely be headed towards a vaccine passport system even though there has been no firm decision at this stage.
There's a desperate need to fight for our people and to help protect them from the virus, especially because there is hope through the vaccines.Ashwin Trikamjee, Co-Chair - Religious Leaders Forum Against Covid-19
As a religious community, we stand together fighting concertedly towards reducing the impact of a possible fourth wave. We launched a national campaign targeted at addressing vaccine hesitancy in our country by building support for the Covid-19 vaccine in religious circles.Ashwin Trikamjee, Co-Chair - Religious Leaders Forum Against Covid-19
There's a lot of myths flying around and we feel that we as religious leaders need to discourage our people from listening to myths and then taking a decision on whether to vaccinate or not vaccinate.Ashwin Trikamjee, Co-Chair - Religious Leaders Forum Against Covid-19
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