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Facts vs fiction: Everything you need to know about vaccines and their safety

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The department of health aims to vaccinate around 40 million people against the coronavirus by the end 2021. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
The department of health aims to vaccinate around 40 million people against the coronavirus by the end 2021. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

It's the world’s best hope of beating a virus that killed two million people, infected  90 million and brought mayhem and misery to a shell-shocked planet. Yet many have indicated they won’t accept the vaccine against Covid-19. 

Fears abound: it was developed too fast. It could make me sick. Then there are the conspiracy theories – including one that a microchip could be inserted in your body with the jab that will allow Microsoft founder Bill Gates to track you. 

It’s simply not true, of course – but authorities face an uphill battle getting people to believe the vaccine is safe. Only about half (53%) of South Africans indicated they would have the vaccine when it becomes available here, a recent Ipsos survey found.

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