LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Let's have faith in vaccine

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A health official holds up a dose of Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine on January 6, 2021.
A health official holds up a dose of Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine on January 6, 2021.
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The article "The villianisation of vaccinations and the rehabilitation of authority" reminded Sue Edwards that  science is much, much cleverer than us and is now working much quicker and far more efficiently for us.


Thank you so much for publishing the article entitled "The villianisation of vaccinations and the rehabilitation of authority". I was dithering about whether to vaccine or not, mainly due to a lot of negativity around me.

The media articles have also been a bit negative on vaccine availability and access. Also the government is not entirely blameless, in that they can be very confusing in their statements. Why bother ourselves about something that might not happen? Another huge concern is the testing time. Suppose it has side effects worse than the actual disease?

I have been rather stupid. My mother died of polio in the 1940s when there was no treatment for this cruel disease, and just look where we are now with polio vaccines. Your article reminded me that science is much, much cleverer than us and is now working much quicker and far more efficiently for us. It would never deliberately harm us with careless and inadequate testing.

Let's have faith in this vaccine. There have been huge successes with other diseases, so why deny this treatment? What would help is if somebody with the necessary expertise could draw up a "For/Against Vaccine list" which is in layman's language and is easily accessible to as many people as possible. It could just change someone's negativity!

- Sue Edwards, Broadacres, Johannesburg

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