Wakefield Council tackles misinformation on COVID-19

27/01/2021, PR-9812

There are sources of misinformation about COVID-19 circulating in the Wakefield district and across the rest of the UK. Wakefield Council is launching a new campaign that aims to tackle the false information being spread. 

The 'careless talk costs lives' campaign emphasises the dangers of trusting unofficial sources. COVID-19 misinformation could cause a rise in infections and ultimately cause more deaths.

The campaign will run on social media and it will direct the district's residents to official sources of information from the NHS, West Yorkshire Police, the Council and other public bodies so that residents can be sure that they are accessing correct, official information.

The new campaign is especially vital as the Government rolls out the new vaccine across the UK. The Council hopes that the campaign will play a pivotal role in ensuring a high take-up rate of the vaccine across the Wakefield district.

Cllr Faith Heptinstall, Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing at Wakefield Council, said: "It is vital that we tackle misinformation on COVID-19 and the threat it poses to our district. We have seen false information being spread about the vaccine, the origins of the virus, infection rates, as well as bogus prevention methods and cures.

"There are also several COVID-19 scams in circulation and our residents must be aware of these. Wakefield residents have asked us to direct them to accurate information that they can trust so that they feel safe and well-informed throughout the pandemic."

Jo Webster, Chief Officer at NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group, added: "It is vital that we all follow trusted information to keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe and combat the spread of COVID-19. The sooner that we do so, the sooner we will be able to return to a normal way of life."

To learn more about COVID-19 misinformation and scams, residents can visit the Council's dedicated website page at https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/about-the-council/coronavirus-information/covid-19-misinformation-careless-talk-costs-lives.