Chikune debunks vaccine myths

Artist gets the jab

29 April 2021 | Health

Chikune; Recording artist; “I took the vaccine a few days ago and I am fine.”

Oranjemund • [email protected]

Award-winning recording artist Chikune debunked myths about the Covid-19 vaccine after getting the jab in Oranjemund.

The 2016 Namibia Annual Music Awards female artist of the year, whose real name is Dr Coleen Leitner, urged people to rely on proven studies rather than social media for information regarding the Covid-19 vaccine.

According to her, it was common sense for her to take the jab, as she herself is a qualified medical doctor.

“Read evidence-based research studies and articles from sites like pubmed or science direct to help you make a well-informed decision about the vaccination process and educate yourself on scientific facts rather than relying on social media.”

Chikune said that anyone can say anything on social media with the aim to go viral.

“What is shocking is that even well-educated people, who are medically trained, are completely fooled by social media,” she said.

The “Omutima” hitmaker also encouraged everybody to take the vaccine even though it doesn’t guarantee 100% protection to all Covid-19 strains.

“This is understandable given that there hasn’t been sufficient time to complete testing or to undertake sufficient human trials. The vaccine I took has an efficacy of 79.34%. I still have to wear a mask and maintain social distancing but those odds are way better than no protection at all.”

Chikune pointed out that people are so afraid of side effects that they forget that every drug has the possibility of side effects.

“I took the vaccine a few days ago and I am fine,” she said.

Chikune took the vaccine while volunteering at the Covid-19 hospital in Oranjemund.

“Being exposed to Covid-19 patients during testing, it just makes sense to get vaccinated,” she said.

The Usakos-born and Karibib-raised songbird explained the importance of people being vaccinated against the novel virus.

“If we want life to go back to pre-covid times, we should do everything possible to curb the spread of the virus. Still, getting the vaccine is your choice.”
The singer posted her vaccine card on her Instagram account and received both compliments and questions about it.

Omaruru-raised rapper Jedidiah Yorokee “Jyz Yorke” Ziabulela commented on the post by applauding Chikune for setting an example.
“Thank you Doctor Chikune for leading the way,” he said.

Chikune went on to reply to questions posed by her fans to educate them about the vaccine as well as the virus.

Best known for her hits “Pumpkin” and “Too much sauce”, Chikune has raked in several awards over the years.

Apart from claiming the coveted Female Artist of the Year in 2016, her other achievements include Senior Vocalist of the World at the World Championships of Performing Arts in 2012, NAMAs best single in 2015, the 2016 AFRIMMA (African Muzik Magazine Awards) Best Female Artist of Southern Africa as well as best collaboration and best afro-pop at the 2018 NAMAs.

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