Addressing COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

Misinformation has been an issue since the pandemic started so to help debunk some of the vaccine misinformation being spread Dr. Randy Roth spoke with students at Resurrection Catholic School about knowing the facts.

The delta variant has been spreading, leaving many schools to cancel class and revert back to online learning. Dr. Randy Roth, chief medical officer of Singing River Health System, spoke with students in Pascagoula. “So, I wanted to stress to them that just because they read something on the internet or on a website that why don’t you go to somebody that is a little more close to you for a true opinion.”

The delta variant is contagious and sending children to the hospital. As of now, the Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine authorized for children 12 years of age and older. “There is a lot of apprehension about the vaccine right now. It’s very divisive. It’s a polarizing topic and as a physician I think it is our duty to get in front of these students and educate them.”

Phi Ta, an eighth grader at Resurrection Catholic School, tells News 25 she sat in on the presentation to get more information before making a decision. “He cleared up a lot of misunderstanding I had about it. He made me feel more assured about the stuff that I was scared about.”

Dr. Roth says the more factual information the students hear the more it will ease the students minds about the vaccine. “I am a big believer in the vaccine and I wanted to reassure them that they should have those discussions with their parents and their advisors and their pediatrician and ask the risk and benefits.”

After clearing up information, Ta says she is ready. “I feel I think I am going to get the vaccination.”

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