ECONOMYNEXT – Health authorities in Sri Lanka have expressed concern that younger people are showing some hesitance to be vaccinated against COVID-19 due to various misconceptions.
Health Services Deputy Director Dr Hemantha Herath told reporters on Tuesday (14) that the anticipated percentages of people under 30 haven’t been coming forward to get jabbed.
“Various opinions have been made that cannot be established. For example, there is a misconception that vaccination might cause impotence. No one can prove or even disprove that this is the case in practice,” said Herath.
“At this point, the most important thing is to get the vaccine for one’s own protection. It’s also important to protect oneself in order to protect older and weaker members of the household,” he added.
Sri Lanka started administering COVID-19 vaccines to the 20 to 29 years age group earlier this month. So far, 35.8 percent of this demographic have received one dose of a vaccine, while 12.3 percent are fully vaccinated.
State Minister Channa Jayasumana, meanwhile, said on Monday (13) that vaccine hesitancy among young people has been observed in parts of the island.
He, too, cited “fake news” on social media on sexual impotence as a possible cause.
There is no scientific evidence to back these claims, said Jayasumana.
“We will finish vaccinating people over 30 next week,” he added.
Global research on vaccines also indicates that there is no link between vaccination and impotence or erectile dysfunction. There may, however, be a link between COVID-19 and both disorders, according to one study. (Colombo/Sep14/2021)