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KZN Health MEC forced to clarify ‘cannibal fears’ related to COVID vaccine

According to MEC Simelane, there’s a big problem in KZN with people believing that the COVID-19 vaccine will make them cannibals… *sigh*.

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Wow, the level of vaccine disinformation currently circulating in parts of South Africa is off the chain. We’ve heard all the usual conspiracy theories, but the idea that the COVID-19 jab will ‘turn you into a cannibal’ is, well… come on, you can all hear how silly that sounds, right?

Does the COVID vaccine make you a cannibal? Does it hell!

Nomagugu Simelane, the MEC for Health in KwaZulu-Natal, had the arbitrary job of dispelling these rumours on Tuesday. Speaking at a press conference, the patient politician got to work on some serious myth-busting.

Alongside assuring people that there would be no craving for human flesh after getting vaccinated, she had to also explain that there is no link between the jabs and infertility. To put it in colloquial terms, getting the little prick won’t directly lead to a little prick. So we can tick that one off, too.

And, as for the people who are convinced vaccination can turn you into a Satanist, Simelane is also done with you too. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng pushed some very dangerous lies about the contents of these vaccines last year, bizarrely stating that some may come ‘with the mark of the devil’.

‘No mandatory jabs’, says KZN Health MEC

Thankfully, he’s no epidemiologist. And those better informed on the subject have actually tried to inform the public, rather than mislead them. However, Simelane also insists that getting the vaccine is a matter of personal choice.

  • As the MEC puts it, they can only encourage people to get jabbed, not force them.

“The vaccine will not make you a Satanist. It won’t make you a cannibal, nor will it lead to infertility. We appeal to visitors and residents to keep vaccination on top of their minds, however, we can’t force them. We can only appeal and make them understand the importance of vaccinating.”

KZN Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane