Scientists, medical doctors making viral movies about COVID-19 vaccines on TikTok
A growing number of scientists and doctors are making viral videos on TikTok to provide information about COVID-19 vaccines.
“We may be nerds, but we all feel pretty passionate that we want to help, you know, and we want to do the right thing,” said Dr. Shiv Pillai, director of the Harvard Immunology Graduate Program.
Pillai is one of the dozen of health professionals from around the world that make up Team Halo. They provide information and answer questions about COVID-19 vaccine development to reduce hesitation.
Pillai went into great detail with us about messenger mRNA, part of what was used to develop the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. He included why it is safe and effective, as well as the side effects that would be easy to localize.
But on TikTok, Pillai uses poetry to get his points across.
“The vaccine that will change our lives. To get a shot, you have to be smart. For this virus to bite the dust, let’s all do our part,” Pillai said.
In other videos he talks about a child he interned. The boy died of tetanus in his hands because he was not vaccinated.
“You can let kids play in the dirt who one day get tetanus and there is very little you can do when it’s over a day or two,” Pillai said.
Many of the Team Halo experts understand and sympathize with the reluctance of the vaccine. Even doctors have questions they can answer.
“The thing about Scott Atlas, who is responsible for a lot of disinformation, is that he doesn’t fully understand the science. He’s a doctor, and there are a lot of doctors who don’t understand that much science. I mean, I can honestly say this because I’m a doctor and you know I’ve seen patients in my entire life. So, I know that. That’s true. “
You can follow Team Halo on TikTok and Twitter.