Covid 19 – get the facts not the fiction

Published on: Tuesday, 2nd February 2021

There’s lots of misleading information circulating on social media and in the news, leading people to wonder what is true and what is not.

That’s why Derbyshire County Council is working in partnership with other health care organisations in the county to launch a new campaign aimed at setting the record straight.

The new campaign ‘Covid 19. Get the Facts’ provides trusted, professionally sourced information about some of the main issues people may have questions about.

This includes the Covid vaccinations, the importance of prevention measures such as wearing a face covering and social distancing, as well as information about a wide range of other Covid related topics.

Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, Councillor Carol Hart said: “We’re seeing an alarming rise in fake news and disinformation being circulated around Covid 19 and the new vaccinations.

“Locally people are receiving leaflets through their doors and being bombarded with misleading messaging and other misinformation via social media.

“This could have very real impacts on the take up of the vaccination and its overall efficacy which is why we are doing all we can to ensure that people get the correct information.”

Healthcare professionals from organisations including Derbyshire Community Health Services and Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group will also be providing short, information films about some of the main questions people might have.

Michelle Bateman, chief nurse for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It is so important that people have the right, accurate information about Covid-19 and how best to protect themselves from the virus.  

“This new campaign is a fantastic source of factual and easy to understand knowledge, which will really help Derbyshire residents to keep themselves safe and to be confident in accepting the vaccination when they are offered it.  

“The pandemic has already caused too much heartache to people who have lost loved ones.

“We need to do all we can to prevent people putting themselves at risk because of misinformation. I welcome this campaign as a source of information people can trust.”

NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group Medical Director Steve Lloyd added: “We are delighted with the response of the public to invitations to take up the Covid vaccine, but we also know that some people have concerns about the vaccination, based on misinformation or misunderstanding.

“This has often been propagated through social media, and we want the public to be confident that the approved vaccines are safe and effective when used correctly.

“Teams across Derbyshire are working hard to inform and help the public, and we’re proud to be working with partner organisations to ensure we deliver this essential vaccine.  Lots of people are stepping up to spread the positive messages, and that will help to save lives.”

All the information used in the campaign has been quality checked by Derbyshire County Council’s Health Protection team and is drawn from reliable sources including Public Health England, Joined Up Care Derbyshire and the NHS.

Keep an eye out on social media for the new campaign and read up on all the facts at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/covidfacts

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